Honda will launch the Brio Automatic on the 18th of October in India. The Brio AT will get a five speed autobox which also does the duty on the City sedan. However the company may not offer paddle shift in the car, if launched it could be a first in its segment and would really making a big selling point.
The Brio has helped the company to keep into business which sells around 2500 units on an average per month. Since launch the car has sold about 20,000 units.
The Brio comes with a 1.2 SOHC i-VTEC engine which produces max power of 88 Ps (65 Kw) @ 6000 rpm and Max Torque of 109 Nm @ 4600 rpm. The Brio AT has a fuel economy figure of 16.5 kmpl. The car will be priced at a premium of Rs. 60000 over the manual variant.
Honda is also working on the Brio diesel and we can expect the launch to happen around early 2013 as the company is testing the car all around India. The car will come with a 1.2 litre diesel engine and India could be the first market to receive the diesel engine.
Honda has recently hiked the car prices by 1-2% effective from October 1.
Will the Brio AT will help Honda to boost sales? Well we will have to observe the sales figures for the next couple of months.
Be it hit or not, the Automatic segment is certainly witnessing demand, thanks to the over crowed roads and the scenes are worse in the metros. The Brio AT will be another choice to customers who are looking for automatics cars which offer a hassle free drive.