This year Honda automaker wants to introduce the Brio diesel in India, which will be powered by a 1.2L common rail i-DTEC engine, currently under testing.
“Honda is committed to bringing its diesel technology to key markets like India. And to ensure that Honda diesel is best suited to local conditions and offers optimum performance levels, Honda is conducting stringent tests at its R&D centers across several locations,” said a company spokesperson.
The company doesn’t have a bright history with the Indian market. Back in 1995 Honda entered India, but within the first 9 months it had to face a 27% sales fall. The main reason for this was the fact that the company was unable to introduce any diesel variants, which are very popular in this country due to the rising cost of petrol. The Brio diesel is expected to boost the company’s sales, taking into consideration the fact that diesel cars have registered a 26% sales rise in the first 9 months of the current fiscal.
I-DTEC engine will first get to Europe this year, used in the new Civic sedan. It is rumored that “its application for other models and markets is likely to come in the shape of Brio compact car for India in the initial phase”.