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Rs 5-lakh Honda small car soon in India

Last updated on: October 6, 2010 13:31 IST

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After the big news of Honda planning to introduce diesel engines in the market in the coming few years there is another big update from the Honda stable.

The Honda small car model showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo 2010 is rumoured to have been named Honda Brio.

The model was initially codenamed CV2. The name Brio means both 'the funny car' and 'small'.

The car is likely to have a 1.2L petrol engine and would be competitively priced.

The car is likely to offer premium luxury and is expected to go on sale around March 2011.

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Image: Photographers take pictures of Honda's 'New Small Concept' car at Auto Expo in New Delhi.
Photographs: Adnan Abidi/Reuters
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The new small car is expected to have airbags, ABS (anti-lock braking system) and G-CON (G-Force Control body engineering)* body standards, which keep the integrity of the passenger cabin intact in an accident.

The small car is customised to suit Indian taste and requirements and the company has undertaken extensive research to develop this car.

The designing of this car is done keeping in mind Indian habits and climate.

Honda designers and engineers observed sari clad women getting in and out of the hatchback number of times to check how comfortable the car is for Indian women.

The cars airconditioner and fabrics would also be designed keeping in mind Indian climate.


* G-Force control is an advanced way of designing and engineering the body so that the G-forces of a crash are dissipated as much as possible and channelled away from the occupants. Controlled crushability of critical body components, together with the way crash forces interact on the interior components of the car, are important aspects of G-Con, and this sophisticated engineering technique also facilitates the correct attachment and positioning of safety-critical components such as seatbelt mountings

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Honda's concept of 'man maximum, machine minimum' are clearly evident in the new small car.

According to sources Honda has decided to price the small car around Rs 500,000 to be able to compete with the likes of Sokda Fabia, Maruti Suzuki Swift and Hyundai i20.

This will be the cheapest Honda anywhere in the world and the cost of owning it would also be reduced greatly.

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The small car will have over 80 per cent local components to save on the cost of spare parts.

This has become a trend among carmakers to make their products attractive and practical for end consumers.

Honda Brio would have plenty of competition from players like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Tata Motors and General Motors who have established brands in the market.

So let us see is this new car is able to repeat the Honda City success story.

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