Honda Brio Automatic Gear Variant Ready for India

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Honda Brio just got more comfortable with the launch of an automatic gear variant of the hatchback in the coming weeks. Prospective hatchback car owners now have the luxury of choosing from three automatic gear cars with the likes of Hyundai i10 and the Maruti Suzuki A-Star as well.

 

The engine of the new variant of the Brio will still be the same 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine that powers the manual car. The four-speed automatic will be a rip off the highly popular Honda City five-speed torque converter. However it is highly unlikely that the five-speed gear will also be a part of the Honda Brio.

 

The pinch however might be that the high tech feature could only be available for the top-end variant, but going by Honda’s penchant for surprises we could get the optional AT for the mid-level variant as well. The Brio is one of the better cars in the segment and the AT will make it even more practical for urban use.

 

Coincidentally the launch of the auto gear will mark the first anniversary of the Brio going on sale, so it will also be the right time for Honda to introduce a few more features on the Brio.

 

The 1.2-litre i-VTEC from the Brio also runs on the Honda Jazz, which has already proven its might. This means Honda could double surprise us with the launch of an automatic transmission for the Jazz in the not so distant future as well. A four-speed automatic would be great for city use, although with the Jazz’s extra bulk a five-speed like the one from the Honda City will make it complete. Either way, it will have to think very hard on what the Jazz’s automatic variant’s pricing should be.

 

Honda Jazz Car Is Music to Your Ears

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In one word the Jazz is astoundingly spacious for a little car. Do not let the exteriors fool you. The exteriors do not really do justice to the large interior space inside this little car. This enormous space is because of Honda’s ‘Super Forward Form’. A concept where the car’s overall packaging mainly revolves around maximum space utilization.

In the case of Jazz the bonnet is like any other MPV. You will not find any transmission tunnel to the fuel tank. The tank is mounted under the front seats which releases a massive amount of space in the car. Honda has also done a commendable job on the interiors. The materials used, the way it is put together, choice of colours and the upholstery all are very neatly tucked in.

The car has ten cup holders. There is so much space in the car that you might even a need a map to find where you put what. In fact one cannot help wonder who would need so much space. The seats themselves are comfortable; the driving controls are laid out nicely. The inside does make up for an enjoyable experience. The music system is just about ok.

The engine itself is a 16 valve, 1198 cc, four cylinder that manages to make 90 break horse power. The car also meets the Euro four norms. The car is not a power horse but it is not a dead horse either when the engine is at low. In fact the engine relishes when you throttle it a bit. Once the engine is spinning you get to see the car in its true elements. As usual the gear shifts are smooth, the suspension is well tested and with a decent wheel base the car does make it presence felt on the road. It absorbs most of the bumps. The handling quality is very likeable too. The entire car reacts well to the steering commands. The electric power assistance helps maintain fuel economy.

All the variants come with airbags, disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the back. The car has also successfully grabbed the five star for crash safety at the Euro NCAP test. The car also worked on the eco friendliness by using fewer hazardous materials like ice cream, pork fat, cadmium etc.

The basic variant starts from a price range of Rs 6.98 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. But do not get fooled by the base variant tag, the car has all the safety elements. The next version called the Active costs 7.28 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi.

The Jazz is expensive but it offers significant value for your money. Also one must not forgot the huge warranty coverage that is up to four years or 80,000 km. With Honda’s excellent service quality levels the only thing that Honda must ensure is to get the people in the show room and try out the car. This is one area where Honda has never had any trouble getting sorted.

Honda Brio Is a Value for Money Car

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Honda Brio is ready to rule the sales charts. At least that seems to be the notion behind Honda’s new creation. The Honda Brio is the cheapest car from the company in India. It will be cheaper than the Honda Jazz. The Honda Brio is pitted against the likes of the Maruti Swift.

The Honda Brio looks a generation above than the present lot. The curves are a never seen before, the car has a stance to reckon with. Over all it is a sporty and compact car giving it an appealing nature.

Compared to the other compact cars the Honda Brio is smaller in size. This could possibly be a cause of concern which makes the car look below par its class. The most striking feature of the car is the entire packaging it comes in. It has a 1.2 litre motor, the dashboard is not very deep and most of the focus seems to have gone on the making the best space utilization.

As a compact car the Honda Brio has hit all the right nodes in the fuel, performance and stability department. The car is ultra low weight with just 925 kgs. The strength is bolstered with high quality steel and reinforcements at vulnerable areas. The suspension takes the entire load and is springy and lively even at the worst stretch of roads.

The engine is same as the Honda Jazz and delivers up to 88bhp. The interiors are not up to the likes of the Jazz or the Vista, but it does surprise you to an extent when compared to its compact exteriors.The back seats are comfortable as well. The Honda Brio has good arm and leg space for the occupants. In fact a person of even six feet height can easily sit at the back in this compact car.

The Honda Brio is a compact car but not a cheap car. The Honda Brio is not embedded with jewels of higher end cars but at the same time it is not stuffed with low cost materials to save costs. When compared to the low cost materials available in the Toyota Etios Liva the Honda Brio does not come with the same cheap feel to it.

The actual cost savings comes in the form of no adjustable driver’s seat, lack of parcel tray at the back, no music player options, no rear demister, which does pinch you a bit. The boot is also on the smaller side but Honda has done enough for the maximum utilization of its luggage area.

The gear transmission as usual needs no introduction from Honda. The engine too is also smooth and nice for a decent run around but it wrangles at higher engine speeds.

Verdict

In short the Honda Brio is spacious for a compact car. Does not look cheap for a compact car, pretty comfortable with good looks, decent engine and a good fuel economy it has all the right nodes to become a successful compact car. The Honda Brio does look worth its price at Rs 4.3 lakh making it a value for money.

Honda Amaze Sedan Review Price and Specifications

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Honda Amaze alias Honda Brio Sedan is expected to be launched in 2013 – 2014. The most excited part about the launch of the Amaze is the 1.5 litre of i-DTEC diesel engine. Unlike the Fiat derived Multijet engines, the Honda i-DTEC mill has a linear power and torque delivery. We don’t see much difference in the interior layout of the Honda Amaze and the Brio. It is one flowingly elegant design which makes style standout in a most elegant manner.

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It will be the same dark brown dashboard with a protruding 2DIN music system. The Amaze will first be launched in Thailand on Friday. The Amaze is basically the Brio hatchback with a boot, just as the Swift & Dzire, Vista & Manza and Polo & Vento.

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The 1.5-litre diesel engine will deliver a deadly combo of great mileage and be high on power as well. From the teaser images, it is clear that Honda seems to have been inspired from the add-on boot formula ripped off from the Tata Indigo Manza eCS and the Maruti Swift Dzire.

This means Honda will look to remove the only chink in its armor, the lack of diesel engines. For a country where diesel cars are a rage and given the sky-high prices of petrol, this move from the Japanese car manufacturer will help boost its sales manifold. While the boot won’t be very large, expect it to be in the region of 300-350 litres.

The Honda Brio sedan specifications stands at 3,990mm overall length and 2,407mm wheelbase, which puts this car longer by 380mm and 62mm compared with the hatchback edition. The 1,680mm width and 1,485mm height are the same as the previous edition though. Expect the manual gearbox petrol version of the Brio sedan to be priced between Rs 5 and Rs 6.5 lakh.

Rest of the interiors will remain more or less the same as the Brio hatchback, although Honda might just play around a bit with the colors to distinguish both the cars. Naturally Honda has tweaked the suspension of the vehicle to take the additional weight and one can expect the Brio sedan to offer a good balance of ride and handling.

Honda Cars Not Rest to on Its Past Laurels

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Honda seems to be back on the road and with a lot of punch as well. With the launch of its cheapest car till date the ‘Brio’, the company seems to have finally hit the right nodes.

The hatchback Brio is already looked upon as a strong competitor to the likes of the Hyundai i10 and Chevrolet Beat. The car is already available on the roads from the 27th September 2011 and has a starting price of Rs. 3.95 lacs onwards for the base variant.

The company is no mood to relax and seems to have learnt its lessons from the past and is not resting on its laurels. Honda is now all set to heed to the market demands and is looking forward to launch diesel cars in India. The move is seen as response to the market demands for the diesel variants and the rising petrol prices.

The work on the diesel engines has already started in Japan, said Honda Siel Cars India Senior Vice-President (Sales and Marketing), Jnaneswar Sen, said. “The Research and Development team in Japan is developing diesel engines. It is premature to say that the products will be rolled out on diesel (platform),” he told reporters here.

However the exact time for the release of the diesel versions have not been revealed and said the diesel cars was only for the Indian market due to the specific market demand for these cars. The company said the diesel engine is not being developed for the global markets as there is no such cue of affiliation towards diesel cars and most of the markets worldwide prefer petrol cars.

On the market expectations from the just launched “Brio” that was formally launched earlier this October, he said “Honda is targeting first time buyers and those who already own a Honda vehicle”.

The Wait Is Over for the Most Awaited Honda Brio Car

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Finally the wait is over for the most awaited Honda Brio. The Honda brio made its debut at Thailand in March 2010. The Honda Brio will be launched in India by the end of September 2011. The Honda Brio is a tailor made car for the Indian market. The car is placed at under 5 lakhs and is looked as a rival to the other compact cars.

The car comes with a 900 cc engine which equipped to give a decent performance. The compact car is also high on comfort and safety and does not look cheap in spite of its low costs. The Honda Brio is a total comfort and satisfaction while driving. The car comes with a five speed manual gear and an auto transmission option as well.

The New Honda Brio is surely a step ahead in terms of look and space utilization. The car can accommodate up to five people. The car is expected to land on Indian shores by the Diwali this 2011. Mean while even the Toyota is coming with their new Sedan in December followed by a hatchback. It is also planning to launch the diesel variants of the same by March 2011. The Toyota Etios is expected to be a direct competitor to the Honda Brio.

The Honda Brio for a small car is loaded with high end features. The car boasts of great fuel mileage, compact exteriors, big interiors, contemporary style, easy handling, boot space and much more.

Other features included are the alloy wheels, front fog lights, rear wash wiper, folding rear seat, tachometer ,radio, cup holders ,music player ,air conditioner, power windows, power steering, steering adjustment, central locking defogger rear, remote boot fuel lid. The car is also high on safety with an anti lock braking system, driver air bags, passenger air bags, and child safety locks.

The Honda Brio is a compact car that looks quite similar to the Chevrolet Beat which has already had a successful run on the Indian roads. Honda Brio is fitted with a fuel efficient and refined engine which is much smaller in size and yet very tight.

The Honda Brio has some good patterns on its body and a raring to go stance. This combination of beauty and sporty looks are sure to get the cash registers ringing in its favour. The Honda Brio has tail lights at the lower end of the back and the rear is mostly all made of glass. This entire theme of all glass back is something of a rarity seen in this segment and making it completely stand out from the rest.

The inclusion of safety features like airbags increase the price of car by Rs 45,000 to Rs 60,000. So therefore it is expected that safety features like airbags will not be included in the entry variant.

Earlier Honda Jazz and the Honda city too had some issues related to price of the respective hatchbacks. At that time Honda slashed the price of Honda Jazz by Rs 1.5 lakh and the Honda City price by Rs 66,000.

Honda Brio Car Is Now Available at a Showroom Near You

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Honda Brio has finally been launched. Yes, the much-awaited small car, the Honda Brio (pronounced as Br-ee-o and means “energetic” and “cheerful” in Italian), is available in the Indian market. The car could well go on to become a hot seller with its perfect package for the new era. It has the best of Honda’s technologies to deliver fun and agile driving, fuel-efficiency, spaciousness & safety.

The Car is a result of the company’s thorough market survey in India based on the people’s driving needs and lifestyles.

The Brio has a four cylinder 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine that powers up to 88 PS @ 6000 rpm. The torque is 109 Nm (11.2 kg-m) @ 4600 rpm. The car offers a mileage of 18.4 km/l, as per test data. It comes with five speed manual gear box.The car is good at low rpm acceleration and a nippy performer that makes it so enjoyable and fun to drive.

Mr. Takashi Nagai, President and CEO, Honda Siel Cars India Ltd. said, “We are delighted to introduce Honda Brio in the Indian market. We have been able to launch the Brio at a competitive price due to our concerted efforts to control costs, maximize production efficiencies and minimize impact of currency fluctuations. And we have achieved this through pure localization – localization of critical components, using local suppliers, local materials, local machines and dies, by localized drawings and our Indian associates.”

The car is already open to bookings and with a wide reach of 135 authorized dealership facilities in 83 cities across the country you do not have to wait much longer for the Honda Brio. In fact for the Honda Brio alone the company has completely revamped its network and notched it up higher to ward off any possible competitors. This dealership network could in fact raise up to 143 facilities in 91 cities by the end of the current financial year.

The Honda Brio comes in four variants – EMT, SMT, S (O) MT and VMT in six exciting exterior colours – Energetic Blue, Rallye Red, Urban Titanium, Alabaster Silver, Taffeta White and Crystal Black Pearl.

The Honda Brio comes with a 2 years or 40,000 kms warranty as standard value for all customers.

Here are the prices as per the Ex-showroom in Delhi

E MT – Rs. 3.95 lacs

S MT – Rs. 4.35 lacs

S (O) MT – Rs. 4.90 lacs

V MT – Rs. 5.10 Lacs

The Car is expected to compete with the likes of Hyundai i10, Maruti WagonR and the Chevrolet Beat.