Despite the petrol price rise, Honda Brio has become the best selling model for Honda in India and thinking of adding the automatic version will slightly increase the sale. Earlier the report suggested that the company will be launching a Brio diesel during this festive season to boost the sales, but recently Honda India Senior VP, Sales & Marketing, Jnaneshwar Sen has confirmed that they will not launch Brio diesel in India, anytime this-year.
Therefore inorder to take the advantage on this festive season, Honda India will launch the Brio hatchback with 4-speed automatic transmission, the car has begun arriving into Honda dealerships. A Brio AT on the picture here is spotted by a GearHeads forum member named ‘Mr ACE’ at a Chennai dealership. The Brio AT will be powered by a CVT automatic transmission and it could be the same as Honda sells in Thailand.
The Brio AT spotted at the dealerships had no camouflage or any special badging as such but a peek inside revealed the secret. Instead of the conventional gear lever there was the CVT gearbox lever that confirms that the Brio AT launch is nearby. However, the trusted sources confirm that the Brio AT has reached dealerships and it could be possible that Honda will plan a soft launch of the car without much highlight.
The engine specifications remain untouched and if we adopt Honda strategy, we can expect two variants of the Brio automatic in the form of a mid level (S) and a top end (V) variant. The pricing of the Brio AT will be little higher than the regular version about Rs. 60,000. Moreover, yesterday Honda announced a price rise in their volume models – the Honda City, Honda Jazz and Honda Brio, which will be effective from 1st October.
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Source – GearHeads