Honda discontinues Brio; Amaze the new entry-level car


According to a media report, Honda has discontinued the Brio hatchback in India. The company has said that the production of the Brio has been stopped and currently, there are no plans to launch the next generation Brio in India.

According to a statement by Rajesh Goel, Senior VP and Director (sales and Marketing), Honda will no longer make the hatchback and Amaze will be the new entry-level car from the Japanese carmaker in India. It is also reported that customer preference is shifting towards bigger cars.

The Honda Brio made its debut in the Indian market in 2011. In 2016, Honda introduced the Brio facelift, which came with an updated exterior and an all-black dashboard replete with a 2-DIN audio system. However, despite the update, sales have been on the decline. According to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), Honda sold just 64 units of the Brio in September 2018. Since launch, the company has sold 97,000 units of the small car in India.

In India, the Brio was offered with a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine that produced 87 BHP @ 6,000 rpm and 109 Nm of peak torque @ 4,500 rpm. The engine was mated to a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed automatic transmission. 

Source: The Hindu

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