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Old 9th October 2011, 22:10   #406
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Somehow a sedan would look good...
This looks gud, but its high time honda should bring in diesel technology, otherwise it would sooner or later impact the numbers.
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Old 9th October 2011, 22:24   #407
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Considering this mad craze for diesel's over petrol is India specific due to our subsidy structure, probably Honda doesnt see enough business case to develop diesel engines on its own. A better way could be to source engines from other companies like how Suzuki is doing.
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The rear of Brio somehow reminds me of the rear look of the Civic hatchback from the late eighties. I think overall this is a well made car and will be a hit in India.
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Just came across this :

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Honda Siel Cars India on Monday said its primary focus will be the domestic market, but it does plan to export cars to Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka, a top official said.
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Honda on Monday launched its new car, Brio, in the Kerala market.
Honda launches Brio in Kerala market, plans to export India-made cars - The Economic Times

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Considering this mad craze for diesel's over petrol is India specific due to our subsidy structure, ...
I beg to correct you. Different taxation yes, subsidy no. The total taxation is much higher than the so-called subsidy, so the govt is still earning on every litre of diesel.
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That was neat...! Very comprehensive and informative review. Contains everything I wanted to know. I had a nice time reading it. Thank you Anshuman....
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Superb review Anshuman, it's amazing how you have managed to cover the minutest of details.

And I agree with you that Toyota has a lot to learn from this. Even the Chevy beat feels a couple of notches above the Liva quality wise. I think the Liva petrol will be history soon.
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Just did the test drive of the brio, and I have to say, I am mighty impressed!

Did a decently long run.. around 12km with highway stretch of 6Km.

+ves

Visibility is good. Did not have to lean for anything
Same gear overtaking in the city and the highway was fairly easy. It managed to have enough juice with AC in 3-4. outshines the i10 in that dept.

I found the steering just perfect to drive around.
Smooth and easy in parking speeds.
Suspension is good for normal roads.
Stereo is Fine. Dint take my kinda music to judge though


-Ves

Felt a mild but definite vibration in the clutch in the lower end, not completely smooth.

Some amount of noise finds its way into the cabin on bad roads.

I am 5'11" and found a need adjust the seat distance for ingress and egress.

To sum up, loved it!

Disclailer: I am no reviewer, This is purely my personal opinion.
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Even the Chevy beat feels a couple of notches above the Liva quality wise.
Yes, the overall quality of Beat is top notch for that segment (< 5 lakhs). Even the old Swift pales in comparison to it, in terms of overall feel of quality.
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Got to test drive the Brio today The car feels really good with decent low-end torque and slick gear shift. Typical of Honda, the engine's peppy and fully tuned for maximum FE. The SA claimed a fuel efficiency of 17 kmpl (can safely assume it'll be -2 atleast on road) and delivery starts from November-end. The interior room is good and the boot space is surprisingly decent for a car of that size. Many customers were just checking out the glass boot door by slamming it time and again. The SA mentioned that it's the first thing most customers try out

Well, the OTR prices here in Bangalore seem to be on the higher side (even after the 'Honda' premium).

Brio E - 479,962.00
Brio S - 526,835.00
Brio S (O) - 593,506.00
Brio V - 625,203.00

Specifically, the top-end variant is pretty close to the Jazz Standard (673,946.00 OTR Bangalore). At 50k more, you get a full-fledged, spacious, proven hatchback which can take on both in the city & highway with ease. Whether a person who can afford 6.25 will go for Brio V or the Jazz Standard is anybody's guess
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Got to test drive the Brio today The car feels really good with decent low-end torque and slick gear shift.
Which Honda dealer did you visit for a test-drive. I had checked into Magnum a couple of days back and they never had one for TD.

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Well, the OTR prices here in Bangalore seem to be on the higher side (even after the 'Honda' premium).

Brio E - 479,962.00
Brio S - 526,835.00
Brio S (O) - 593,506.00
Brio V - 625,203.00
+1 . I too felt the same when they offered the price list. No wonder they have removed Jazz from display.
Guess the V trim is only meant to increase Jazz numbers
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Which Honda dealer did you visit for a test-drive. I had checked into Magnum a couple of days back and they never had one for TD.
Dakshin Honda on Lavelle Road.

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+1 . I too felt the same when they offered the price list. No wonder they have removed Jazz from display.
Guess the V trim is only meant to increase Jazz numbers

Can't find any other reason for removing the Jazz from display. Sure they have production issues like parts delay due to floods in Thailand. The other seems to be the need to ramp-up production capacity to 100% from 60% all these years !! Also they want the focus/numbers to be the Brio. Brio margins seem to be on the higher-end compared to the Jazz (which went for a huge price cut very recently). Also Brio segment has very less diesel competition.
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Has anyone got the spare parts price list of Brio ?
Am keen to know the cost of the tail lamps. They are low slung and seem vulnerable in city traffic.
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Got to test drive the Brio today The car feels really good with decent low-end torque and slick gear shift. Typical of Honda, the engine's peppy and fully tuned for maximum FE. The SA claimed a fuel efficiency of 17 kmpl (can safely assume it'll be -2 atleast on road) and delivery starts from November-end. The interior room is good and the boot space is surprisingly decent for a car of that size. Many customers were just checking out the glass boot door by slamming it time and again. The SA mentioned that it's the first thing most customers try out

Well, the OTR prices here in Bangalore seem to be on the higher side (even after the 'Honda' premium).

Brio E - 479,962.00
Brio S - 526,835.00
Brio S (O) - 593,506.00
Brio V - 625,203.00

Specifically, the top-end variant is pretty close to the Jazz Standard (673,946.00 OTR Bangalore). At 50k more, you get a full-fledged, spacious, proven hatchback which can take on both in the city & highway with ease. Whether a person who can afford 6.25 will go for Brio V or the Jazz Standard is anybody's guess
Did you td at whitefield honda? I'm still waiting for a td. I'm looking at the top end brio as a city runabout for my wife. Space is not a concern since I have a bigger car for time when space is required.

I'd take the brio over the jazz since all reports so far mention its more fun to drive than the jazz and parking a smaller car in central bangalore is a lot easier. It should also be more fuel efficient.
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Has anyone got the spare parts price list of Brio ?
Am keen to know the cost of the tail lamps. They are low slung and seem vulnerable in city traffic.
That can be taken care of by '0 dep' insurance, available with most insurance providers these days. The additional 2-3k paid in premium allows you to 100% claim on everything including platics part, tail lamps etc.

The tail lamps in my estimate could cost anywhere between 3-4k depending on what has to be replaced. i could be totally off limit here. Just my estimate.
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