Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Honda unveils city slicker

Designers managed to give it a sporty attitude despite having very compact dimensions to work with This.

In recent years, Honda has been missing out on the compact hatchback market that caters for young and cash-strapped buyers. Its smallest car at the moment, the Jazz, is quite frankly more in tune with family buyers in their 30s and 40s.
That's all set to change next year, with the release of Honda's long-awaited entry-level hatchback and the Brio Prototype, just unveiled at the Thailand Motor Expo, is likely the spitting image of this car. 
The Brio was developed for Asian markets and will go on sale in Thailand and India during the course of next year. Unfortunately there are currently no plans to introduce it to South Africa. 
Despite its minute dimensions (it measures just 3610mm in length), Honda has managed to inject some sporty flair into the design and that's especially evident in that back window which resembles the Civic hatch. Efficient packaging is said to result in decent interior space. 
Honda CEO Takanobu Ito said, "Honda would like to expand the joy of mobility to more customers in Thailand, India and other Asian countries through the introduction of a new small vehicle with compact and highly efficient packaging by utilizing our own experiences cultivated by motorcycle business here in Asia." 
The Brio will be altered slightly to meet the differing needs of the countries in which it's sold and although not much detail has been divulged at present, the Thai model is expected to sell for around R94 000 and achieve fuel consumption of five litres per 100km.


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