Honda Brio (Indian variant)
|Manufacturer||Honda Motor Company|
|Assembly||Greater Noida, India (Honda India)
Ayutthaya, Thailand (Honda Ayutthaya Plant)
Karawang, Indonesia (Honda Prospect Motor)
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door hatchback|
|Layout||Front engine, front-wheel drive|
|Engine||1.2L L12B i-VTEC I4
1.3L L13A i-VTEC I4 (Indonesia)
|Wheelbase||2,345 millimetres (92.3 in)|
|Length||3,610 millimetres (142 in)|
|Width||1,680 millimetres (66 in)|
|Height||1,470 millimetres (58 in) (Thailand)
1,500 millimetres (59 in) (India)
|Curb weight||920 kilograms (2,030 lb)|
The name Brio means energetic and cheerful in Italian. In Indonesia, Brio has an additional Indonesian name for the LCGC rule. Honda put Satya name in Brio that means true, genuine, sincere or faithful in Sanskrit.
The Brio prototype was first shown at 2010 Thailand International Motor Show. The car is developed to position in a class below Honda Fit for emerging markets. The initial markets were Thailand and India. The Brio's market expanded when it was launched in South Africa in December 2012. The car is designed as a commuter with Honda's "man maximum, machine minimum" principle. Unique versions are developed for the Thai and Indian markets respectively.
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The Brio is powered by a 4-cylinder, 1.2 L (73 cu in) L12B i-VTEC gasoline engine delivering up to 90 PS (66.2 kW; 88.8 bhp). It is available with either a 5-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission.
Safety equipment includes dual front airbags, anti-lock braking system, electronic brakeforce distribution and front pretensioner seat belts. The driver's side airbag features continuously staged inflation to accommodate a wide range of occupant positions and collision scenario. The front body is designed to absorb impact energy for better pedestrian protection. Incorporating Honda G-Con (G-Force Control Technology), the Brio’s high-performance body makes extensive use of high tensile steel in key areas of the frame. Dampers, trailing arms and rear hatch area have enhanced rigidity to contribute to steady chassis performance, nimble driving as well as outstanding fuel economy. The Brio’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body enhances self-protection while mitigating damage to other vehicles in the event of a collision.
The car's body is certified to meet the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)'s regulations 94 and 95 for front and side impact safety during collisions.
Engine for Indian market has a power output of 88 PS (64.7 kW; 86.8 bhp) and a peak torque of 109 N·m (80 lb·ft). The manual transmission is designed to combine good low rpm acceleration and excellent fuel economy. The car is certified to deliver a mileage of 18.4 km/L (52 mpg-imp; 43 mpg-US). It delivers 14 km/L (40 mpg-imp; 33 mpg-US) on average at city. It also provides a smooth ride and gives better overall quality compared to its competitors.
The Brio is produced in Thailand for the Southeast Asian market.
In India, the Brio is assembled for the South Asian market by the company's subsidiary, Honda Siel Cars India (HSCI), at its production facilities in Greater Noida with four variants. Over 80% of its parts are sourced from Indian suppliers. The Rajasthan factory also exports Brio parts to Thailand.
Honda has start the assembly of Brio in Indonesia in 2013 to fulfill the local demand.
In Thailand, the Brio was launched in March 2011. In Indonesia, the Brio was launched in August 2012, with the price between Rp 149,000,000 and Rp 170,000,000. In Indonesia, the Brio uses a 1.3 L (79 cu in) L13A i-VTEC instead of 1.2 L (73 cu in) L12B i-VTEC.
The Brio's planned launch in India was delayed from early 2011 due to the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami. It was finally launched in September 2011, just ahead of the festive season, with a starting price of ₹395,000. It joined the Jazz in Honda's hatchback subcompact range for India. In the Indian market, it competes against Maruti Suzuki's Swift and Ritz, Hyundai's i10, Ford's Figo, Nissan's Micra and Toyota's Etios Liva.
The sales took a hit again when Honda's Thailand plant had to shut down due to the massive Bangkok floods. Critical components for the Brio come from Thailand and hence its Indian production stopped for more than a month, resuming only on the February 15th, 2012.
The Brio is also available in the sedan form, dubbed as Honda Amaze.
The Mobilio Prototype, Honda’s first low cost MPV that will be sold throughout Asia was premiered at the 21st Indonesia International Motor Show. This is also the first model from Honda developed for the Indonesian market. The Mobilio is 4,390 millimetres (173 in) long, 1,680 millimetres (66 in) wide, 1,610 millimetres (63 in) tall with a wheelbase measuring 2,650 millimetres (104 in) long. It has a ground clearance of 185 millimetres (7.3 in) and its 1.5 L (92 cu in) petrol engine is the most powerful in its class. The design concept of the Mobilio is “Dual Solid Motion” that “combines a strong stance and expresses strength with dynamic feeling.” The car is recognizable from the front as a cousin to the Brio through its leaf-shaped headlamps and single slab chrome grille. The side profile is accentuated by a “lightning-bolt beltline” while the rear features a high-mounted 6-LED stoplamp. The show car, which is represents almost 100% of the production car, is mounted on 15 inches (380 mm) aluminium-alloy rims.
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