MUMBAI – This month’s launch of the gasoline-electric Civic Hybrid, imported from Japan by Honda Siel Cars India Ltd., marks the beginning of the hybrid era that could see development of more affordable, locally produced models here. Despite its clean and efficient powertrain, the completely built-up Civic Hybrid gets no break from the Indian government when it comes to import duties, limiting its appeal to wealthier buyers. The model attracts a 104% tariff, pushing its price to Rs2.15 ...

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