Honda mulls over launching Brio diesel models in India
After Honda Motor entered the low-cost small car segment through Brio hatchback last year, the Japanese auto major is planning to lunch the diesel version of Brio in a year or two in order to increase its market share and also to tap the mounting demand for diesel cars in the domestic market. The Honda plan for the Brio diesel offering in India is after the ongoing petrol price hike and subsequent steep decline in petrol cars in the country over the past couple of years.
According to reports, the Brio diesel variant will be powered by the common rail i-DTEC engine, which the Hoda developed. Honda will fit the 1.6 liter light weight i-DTEC diesel engine on the Honda Civic by 2013.
Honda is testing its newly developed diesel technology, common rail i-DTEC, for Brio hatchback. According to reports, the Brio diesel variant may be powered by a 1.2 litre i-DTEC common rail engine.
Honda’s 1.6 liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine produces a peak power of 120 Bhp of 4,000 rpm and peak torque of a gargantuan 300 Nm at 2,000 rpm. This engine is weighing just 170 kilograms, and is also expected to be highly fuel efficient
Diesel cars, which registered a 26% rise in sales in the first nine months of the current fiscal, accounted for about 60% of the passenger vehicles sold in the country. The diesel car sales got boost following the dip in sales of the petrol variants as a result of continuous petrol price hike. The drawback for Honda is that its popular sedan City is yet to introduce diesel variant.
Following steep decline in the sales of City due to petrol price hikes, Honda had slashed the prices of City variants two times in 2011. Honda first slashed the City price in July by Rs 66,000 offering the entry level sedan variant at Rs 7.49 lakh from the previous Rs 8.15 lakh. Honda relaunched the City in December after slashing its price by Rs 50,000 and thus bringing the entry level model to just Rs 6.99 lakh.
Similarly, Honda had brought down the price of its hatchback Jazz by Rs 1.60 lakh in August 2011 in a bid to boost its sales.