The Indian subsidiary of Honda Motor Company announced on Wednesday it has halted making the Brio hatchback as it is faced with a shortage of parts from Thailand.
Floods in the Southeast Asian country have disrupted auto parts suppliers’ activities. “We have run out of parts for the Brio and have had to suspend production of the model in this month,” Jnaneswar Sen, senior vice president for marketing and sales at Honda Siel Cars India was quoted as saying by the Wall Street Journal. Honda India sources electronic and unde-body car parts from Thailand.
“The situation is much worse than November. Our production this month will be much lower than last month,” the executive added. He also said Honda Siel Cars India is trying to arrange sourcing parts from the same vendors in other countries as parts inventories for the company’s key models – the Jazz, Brio and City sedans– are at quite low levels.
Honda Siel is 99.9 percent owned by Honda and 0.1 percent by India’s Siel company. The automaker builds the Brio and Jazz hatchbacks and also the mid-sized City and Accord sedans at its plant in Greater Noida, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The facility has an annual capacity of 100,000 cars. In November, Honda Siel sold 1,982 vehicles.