Confirmed! The production of popular Brio Hatchback has finally come to end. The new safety norms will soon come into impact in 2019 and as a result, many popular automotive makers have to quit some models from the Indian market. The automotive car makers are currently busy introducing the facelifted version of some popular models as BSVI vehicles will be mandatory from April 1, 2020. However, entry-level models cannot be modified due to price consideration.

Confirmed! Honda Stops Production of Brio Hatchback in India
Confirmed! Honda Stops Production of Brio Hatchback in India

Recently, some famous cars like Tata Nano, Hyundai Eon, Honda Brio and Ford Figo are discontinued from the Indian market. These models have noticed a shocking decrease in sales due to insufficient safety features. The entry-level Brio has been on production since seventeen years in India. Now, Honda only has the all-new compact sedan Amaze in the entry-level segment which has attracted many customers till date and become the company’s best-selling car in the range.

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Honda Cars India Senior Vice President and Director (Sales and Marketing) Rajesh Goel informed PTI, “Our entry car is now Amaze. We have stopped production of Brio and as of now we do not intend to bring next-generation Brio into India”. He also said, “A sedan was the top seller in India last year. It is a typical motorisation cycle followed in every country and it’s just that in India the upgradation pace is much slower than other countries”.

Confirmed! Honda Stops Production of Brio Hatchback in India
Confirmed! Honda Stops Production of Brio Hatchback in India

Talking about the release of the updated Brio, Goel said, “Amaze is going to be our entry model in the Indian market.” The company has sold up to 97,000 units of Brio in the Indian market. The facelifted version of Brio was released in Thailand which is still an ongoing model. Apart from Amaze, the company also has Jazz and WR-V in the passenger car segment which has decent fans among Indian families.

Confirmed! Honda Stops Production of Brio Hatchback in India
Confirmed! Honda Stops Production of Brio Hatchback in India

The following are the sales figures of Brio in units:

Month No. of units sold
Jan-19 2
Dec-18 8
Nov-18 10
Oct-18 27
Sep-18 64
Aug-18 157

The Honda Brio is powered by a 1.2 litre SOHC i-VTEC Petrol engine which generates 88 PS and 109 NM of torque. The powertrain is combined to a 5 Speed AT. In terms of dimension, the vehicle is 3610mm in length, 1680mm in width, and 1500mm in height. At present, Indian customers prefer SUV’s more compared to small cars. However, the Indian customers will definitely miss the release of the updated Brio which is sportier, feature-packed, and spacious compared to the halted version.

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