Andre De Kock
Motorsport Editor
4 minute read
23 Mar 2021
8:40 am

Honda Ballade has stood the test of time

Andre De Kock

Eighth generation of old local favourite a practical alternative.

Derived from the Indian market City, the Honda Ballade can be now be specified in a sporty RS trim grade. Images: supplied

Being absolutely ancient, this writer can remember a multitude of things. For instance, the Honda Ballade arrived in this country in 1982. Marketed here by Mercedes-Benz at the time, it was touted as a small car with Mercedes-like quality. Accordingly, it was offered at a higher price than some of its market competitors. Many Mercedes owners bought Ballades for their partners, while well-off single men saw the vehicles as a statement of financial wellbeing. Fond memories In fact, between 1987 and 1993 Honda ran a series of local television ads on SABC, called “Ballade vir ‘n Enkeling”, translated as “Ballade...