Honda Brio

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Honda Brio
Honda Brio1.jpg
Honda Brio (Indian variant)
Overview
Manufacturer Honda Motor Company
Production 2011-present
Assembly Greater Noida, India (Honda India)
Ayutthaya, Thailand[1] (Honda Ayutthaya Plant)
Karawang, Indonesia (Honda Prospect Motor)
Body and chassis
Class Subcompact
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive
Related Honda Amaze
Powertrain
Engine 1.2L L12B i-VTEC I4
1.3L L13A i-VTEC I4[2]
Transmission 5-speed manual
5-speed automatic
CVT
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,345 millimetres (92.3 in)[3]
Length 3,610 millimetres (142 in)
Width 1,680 millimetres (66 in)
Height 1,470 millimetres (58 in) (Thailand)[4]
1,500 millimetres (59 in) (India)
Curb weight 920 kilograms (2,030 lb)

The Honda Brio is a five-door subcompact hatchback produced by Honda in India, Thailand and Indonesia. The car was introduced in 2011.

Name[edit]

The name Brio means energetic and cheerful in Italian.[5] 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.

History[edit]

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.[6]

Honda Brio S 1.3 (Indonesia).
Honda Brio S 1.3 (Indonesia).

The Brio is powered by a 4-cylinder, 1.2 L (73 cu in) L12B i-VTEC gasoline engine delivering 88 PS (64.7 kW; 86.8 bhp). It is available with either a 5-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission.[7]The car is certified to deliver a combined mileage of 19.4 km/L (55 mpg-imp; 46 mpg-US)16.5 km/L (47 mpg-imp; 39 mpg-US) with manual and automatic transmission respectively on the indian cycle.[8]

Safety equipment includes dual front airbags, anti-lock braking system, electronic brakeforce distribution and front pretensioner seat belts. The driver's side airbag feature multi-stage inflation. The front body is designed to absorb impact energy for better pedestrian protection.[5]

Production[edit]

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.[9]

Honda has started the assembly of Brio in Indonesia in 2013 to fulfill the local demand.[10]

Sales[edit]

In Thailand, the Brio was launched in March 2011.[11] 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.[12]

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.[9]

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.[13][14]

The Brio will be launched in the Philippines at the Philippine International Motor Show on September 18-21, 2014.[2]

Brio Sedan[edit]

Main article: Honda Amaze

The Brio is also available in the sedan form, dubbed as Honda Amaze.

Brio MPV[edit]

Main article: Honda Mobilio

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.

Recall[edit]

On May 5, 2014, Honda issued a recall of about 32,000 Brio and Amaze cars in India due to a possible misassembly of the proportioning valve. This recall is limited to models which are not fitted with ABS[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tadeo, Patrick Everett (2013-03-29). "Do the Thais Know Something That We Don't?". Top Gear Philippines. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  2. ^ a b Sarne, Vernon (2014-08-13). "23 images: 1st look at the PH market Honda Brio mini hatchback". Top Gear Philippines. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  3. ^ "Brio Specifications". Honda Siel Cars India. Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  4. ^ http://www.fastmotoring.com/index.php/2011/03/2011-honda-brio-launched-in-bangkok-thailand/ 2011 Honda Brio launched in Bangkok, Thailand
  5. ^ a b "Honda Launches its Small Car Brio in India" (Press release). Honda. 2011-09-27. 
  6. ^ Borrill, Aaron. "Honda Brio 1.2 i-VTEC". Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Honda BRIO Makes World Premiere in Thailand". Honda Motor Co. 2011-03-17. 
  8. ^ https://www.hondacarindia.com/HondaBrio/specifications.html
  9. ^ a b "Honda Launches Brio Hatchback in India". The Wall Street Journal. 2011-09-27. 
  10. ^ "Honda Mulai Produksi Brio di Indonesia pada 2013". detik.com. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Anthony Lim (2011-03-17). "Honda Brio makes production debut in Thailand". PaulTan.org. 
  12. ^ "Wah! Baru 6 Hari Honda Brio Dipesan 1.000 Unit". detik.com. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Honda resumes production at Noida plant http://www.gaadi.com/blog/blog-2309-honda-resumes-normal-production-of-cars-at-noida
  14. ^ "Honda Brio Satya to be the newest hot item of Honda Indonesia". speedmagz.com. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Honda recalls Brio and Amaze". Autocar India. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 

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