Honda Brio (Indian variant)
|Manufacturer||Honda Motor Company|
|Assembly||India: Gurgaon (Honda India)
Thailand: Ayutthaya (Honda Ayutthaya Plant)
Indonesia: Karawang (Honda Prospect Motor)
|Body and chassis|
|Class||City car (A)|
|Body style||5-door hatchback|
|Engine||1.2 L L12B i-VTEC I4
1.3 L L13A i-VTEC I4
|Wheelbase||2,345 mm (92.3 in)|
|Length||3,610 mm (142 in)|
|Width||1,680 mm (66 in)|
|Height||1,470 mm (58 in) (Thailand)
1,500 mm (59 in) (India)
|Curb weight||920 kg (2,030 lb)|
The name Brio means energetic and cheerful in Italian. In Indonesia, Brio has an additional Indonesia-inspired name for the country's LCGC (Low Cost Green Car) program. The name Satya (Sanskrit: true, genuine, sincere or faithful) is used, with added local distributor's name combined as "Honda Prospect Motor Brio Satya" as its official LCGC name.
The Brio prototype was first shown at 2010 Thailand International Motor Show. The car is developed to position in a class below Fit/Jazz for emerging markets. The initial markets were Thailand and India.
The Brio is powered by either a four-cylinder, 1.2 L (73 cu in) L12B i-VTEC gasoline engine delivering 88 PS (64.7 kW; 86.8 bhp) or 1.3 L (79 cu in) L13A i-VTEC delivering 100 PS (73.5 kW; 98.6 bhp) for the Indonesian market until 2016. It is available with either a 5-speed manual, 5-speed automatic or a continuously variable transmission. The car is certified to deliver a combined mileage of 19.4 km/L (55 mpg-imp; 46 mpg-US) and 16.5 km/L (47 mpg-imp; 39 mpg-US) with manual and automatic transmission respectively on the Indian cycle.
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.
The cars's front wheels have disc brakes and the rear wheels have drum type brakes. The progressive braking prevents sudden jerks.
In Thailand, the Brio was launched in March 2011.
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. Over 80% of its parts are sourced from Indian suppliers. The Rajasthan factory also exports Brio parts to Thailand. The Brio in India is offered in V, VX and VX BL trims.
Honda has started the assembly of Brio in Indonesia since 2013 to fulfill the local demand. Before the Indonesian LCGC program was launched, the Brio used a 1.3 L (79 cu in) L13Z i-VTEC engine instead of 1.2 L (73 cu in) L12B i-VTEC one. The 1.3-liter engine was used until 2016.
From 2014 to 2016, when the LCGC program had launched, the Brio was offered in 6 trims: Satya A, Satya S, Satya E, S, E, which are made locally and available with a 1.2-liter engine, and Sports, which is imported from Thailand and available with a 1.3-liter engine. All Satya variants are only available with a manual transmission, while S and E (without Satya badge) are only available with an automatic transmission. The Sports trim is available in both manual and automatic transmissions.
The Brio was launched in South Africa in December 2012.
The Indonesian-spec Brio was updated in April 2016 at the 2016 Indonesia International Motor Show. This update includes new grille, taillamps, dashboard design, continuous variable transmission (replacing the 5-speed automatic one) and also introduced the new trim line, RS, which replaced the Sports as the top-level trim.
As of April 2016, the Indonesian market Brio is available in 3 trims, which are all now powered by a 1.2-liter engine. The new trim level consists of Satya S, Satya E, and RS. The Satya S trim is only available with a manual transmission.
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 15th of February 2012.
In Indonesia, the non-LCGC Brio was sold at 9,853 units in the first 10 months of 2014, while the LCGC Brio Satya was sold at 21,959 units.
The Brio is also available in the sedan form, dubbed as Amaze.
The Mobilio is the MPV variation of the Brio.
The BR-V is the SUV variation of the Brio.
In May 2014, Honda issued a recall of about 32,000 Brio and Amaze cars in India due to a possible mis-assembly of the proportioning valve. This recall is limited to models which are not fitted with ABS.
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