Honda Siel Cars India stopped production of the Brio last week because of parts supply disruptions generated by the floods in Thailand.
However, the manufacturer does not consider suspending bookings for the car, as it will import Brio parts from China and Japan. Honda says it has finalized alternative sourcing arrangements and should be able to return to normal production by February or March. Honda has also suspended bookings and production of Jazz hatchback.
“We have been trying to source from alternative destinations like Japan and China parts that we now import from Thailand. The arrangement is almost done and the manufacturing and purchasing teams are putting finishing touches to the recovery plan. Right now we are not making Brio and only producing very small numbers of Jazz. We will start the ramp up of production by end-January first with the City,” Honda Siel senior vice-president Jnaneswar Sen was quoted as saying by India’s Economic Times.
The Honda Brio is available only in Thailand and India, so the Japanese automaker had trouble sourcing parts from other countries. The Thai floods and the Japanese earthquake and tsunami severely affected Honda’s Indian operations. “Because of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan we cut production in April, May and June by 50%,” Sen said.