New Ballade stock due in Windhoek
The lack of Ballades as Maresch explains was as a result of the floods that hit the Honda factory in Thailand late last year. “The Ballade has been effectively sold out for more than six months now,” explained Graham Eagle, director of sales and marketing at Honda Motor SA. “Our last shipment arrived in November 2011, and was immediately snapped up.”
“It is the most popular car amongst our customers and sales are going very well,” said Maresch confidently.
Known in other markets as the Civic, the all-new Honda Ballade takes the concept “Return of an icon, exceptional comfort and safety” to an entirely new level.
The Ayutthaya plant resumed operations in late March this year, and has since been running double shifts in an effort to reduce the production backlog. “As a result, production of the Ballade is in full swing again, and I can confirm that the first full shipment will arrive in South Africa later this month,” Eagle said.
There’s more good news for Ballade buyers. The 2012 model about to reach dealers, boasts a number of upgrades. While it remains essentially unchanged under the skin, the focus of the update is on sharper aesthetics, revised interior trim, and detail changes to the standard specification.
“Because of the fact that it has so much better space, and provides utmost safety and so much boot space, it is definitely the family vehicle,” said Maresch. It has a boot not constrained in size by the 42-litre fuel tank and is deep enough to take large suitcases vertically.
A 4-year or 60 000km service plan and three-year or 100,000km warranty are standard across the range and service intervals are 15 000km, all for an amazing N$184,900.