News has come that Honda Cars India have discontinued the Brio from their line-up. The automaker has not formally confirmed this, but production for the entry-level hatchback has stopped. This is due to poor sales numbers of the Brio, which stood at 120 and 102 units in September and October respectively.
As a result of this, Honda is holding back from launching the next-generation of the Brio here. Based on the Small RS concept, the second-generation Brio was unveiled earlier this year. It was scheduled to be launched next year, but now it looks highly unlikely that the second-generation Brio will arrive here in the country.
Launched at the end of 2011, the Brio was simply not able to deliver the sales numbers that Honda had expected from it. Honda also gave the Brio a facelift last year, but that has not done any good deal for the company. At the moment, the Jazz remains the only hatchback left in Honda’s India line-up.
The Brio came powered by a 1.2-litre, single-cylinder, i-VTEC petrol engine. This engine gives 87 BHP of power and 110 Nm of torque. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, with an automatic version being offered as an option.
Honda will now focus on the premium end of the mass market. Reports state that the automaker will be launching four new products in the next three years. These include the next-generation Civic premium sedan, HR-V mid-size crossover SUV and a compact SUV.
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