Honda Brio

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

The Honda Brio (Japanese: ホンダ・ブリオ Honda Burio?) is a city car produced by Honda and sold in India, Thailand, South Africa, Indonesia and the Philippines. The car was introduced in 2011.

Name[edit]

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

Concept model[edit]

Further information: Honda New Small Concept

History[edit]

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.

Specifications[edit]

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.[6] 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.[7]

Safety[edit]

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]

The cars's front wheels have disc brakes and the rear wheels have drum type brakes. The progressive braking prevents sudden jerks.[8]

Markets[edit]

Thailand[edit]

In Thailand, the Brio was launched in March 2011.[9]

India[edit]

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.[10] The Brio in India is offered in V, VX and VX BL trims.

Indonesia[edit]

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

Honda has started the assembly of Brio in Indonesia since 2013 to fulfill the local demand.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

Philippines[edit]

The Brio was launched in the Philippines at the Philippine International Motor Show in September 2014.[2]

South Africa[edit]

The Brio was launched in South Africa in December 2012.[14]

2016 update[edit]

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.

Sales[edit]

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.[10]

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.[15]

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.[16]

Variations[edit]

Sedan[edit]

Main article: Honda Amaze

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

MPV[edit]

Main article: Honda Mobilio

The Mobilio is the MPV variation of the Brio.

SUV[edit]

Main article: Honda BR-V

The BR-V is the SUV variation of the Brio.

Recall[edit]

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.[17][18]

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. ^ "2011 Honda Brio launched in Bangkok, Thailand". www.fastmotoring.com. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Honda Launches its Small Car Brio in India" (Press release). Honda. 2011-09-27. 
  6. ^ "Honda BRIO Makes World Premiere in Thailand". Honda Motor Co. 2011-03-17. 
  7. ^ "Honda Brio Specifications". Honda Brio Indian Official Website. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Honda Brio in India - Price, Mileage, Reviews, Images, Specs". "Staff". Retrieved 2015-09-01. 
  9. ^ Anthony Lim (2011-03-17). "Honda Brio makes production debut in Thailand". PaulTan.org. 
  10. ^ a b "Honda Launches Brio Hatchback in India". The Wall Street Journal. 2011-09-27. 
  11. ^ "Honda Mulai Produksi Brio di Indonesia pada 2013". detik.com. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Wah! Baru 6 Hari Honda Brio Dipesan 1.000 Unit". detik.com. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Honda Brio Spesifikasi". www.honda-indonesia.com. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 
  14. ^ Borrill, Aaron. "Honda Brio 1.2 i-VTEC". Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  15. ^ "Honda Brio Satya to be the newest hot item of Honda Indonesia". speedmagz.com. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  16. ^ Jalimin (November 26, 2014). "Agya Jadi 'City Car' Terlaris 2014". 
  17. ^ "Honda recalls Brio and Amaze". Autocar India. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Honda Brio : Price, News, Reviews". zigwheels.com. 

External links[edit]

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