Honda Siel Cars India (HSCI) has started taking fresh bookings for the Brio small car. Buyers can book the Brio for an amount of Rs. 50,000 at their nearest Honda dealership.
The waiting period for the Brio now ranges between 3 weeks to 8 weeks depending on the dealer, location and the availability of colours.
Last week, HSCI resumed normal production of their small car Brio. The company produced 370 cars per day last week and has ramped up the production to 440 cars per day this week. Since the production has resumed, the waiting period for the Brio has reduced to 3 weeks from 3 months.
Earlier, in December 2011, the production of the Brio was temporarily stopped due to shortage of component supplies from Thailand which was affected by severe floods. Last month, the company commenced the production of City model and planned to start the production of Brio and Jazz as well.
The sales of Honda Brio have been very low since its launch due to production constraints. So far, the company has delivered 2,088 units (in the last five months). Now, since the production has resumed, expect the sales to pick up from this month onward.
Honda launched the Brio in September 2011 at an aggressive price ranging between Rs. 3.95 lakh – Rs. 5.10 lakh. The Brio competes with the Chevrolet Beat (Rs. 3.70 – 4.89 lakh) and the Hyundai i10 (Rs. 3.58 – 6.04 lakh).
The Brio is powered by a 1.2-litre i-vtec petrol motor that puts out 87 bhp of power and has an ARAI-certified mileage of 18.4 kmpl. When compared to one of its chief competitor the i10, the Brio is a sportier car to drive, thanks to its higher power output. When compared to the Chevrolet Beat, the Brio has more space, especially at the rear. Also, the Brio has a higher power output which results in faster acceleration (than the Beat). The Brio also returns consistent fuel economy.