Indonesia – Local production of Honda HR-V (Vezel) confirmed; badge typeface revealed

Posted on: Jul 23, 2014 - 8:27am IST

The Honda HR-V which is called as the Vezel in the JDM market has been confirmed to be locally produced in Indonesia.

Honda HR-V badge typeface IndonesiaHonda HR-V badge typeface Indonesia
The typeface for the new HR-V’s badge has been revealed for the first time during PT Honda Prospect Motor Indonesia’s announcement.

The compact crossover which will make its Indonesian debut at the IIMS in September would enter production in the country starting from early next year, said Mr. Jonfis Fandy, head of marketing and after Sales, PT Honda Prospect Motor. During the announcement, Honda revealed the typeface of the new HR-V’s badge for the first time.

Based on the same underpinnings as the new Jazz and City, the Vezel is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine and a 1.5-litre petrol hybrid powertrain. It is available in both FWD and AWD configurations. The regular petrol model is mated to a CVT or a 7-stepped CVT with paddle shifters whereas the hybrid model is equipped with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.

Honda Vezel at Auto China 2014
The Honda HR-V (Vezel in Japan) for the Indonesian market would be powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine sending power to the front wheels.

For Indonesia, only the 1.5-litre petrol engine would be available in FWD configuration to keep the costs competitive. The motor develops 131 PS (129.1 bhp) and 155 Nm of torque.

The car would be positioned below the CR-V to take on the likes of the Nissan Juke. Though the HR-V is a size larger than the Ford EcoSport and caters to a higher price segment, the latter would also be considered as a rival.

Competitors: Nissan Juke, Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster

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5 thoughts on “Indonesia – Local production of Honda HR-V (Vezel) confirmed; badge typeface revealed

  1. Sagar says:

    Honda as always underestimating Indian market. If a country like Indonesia can get Vezel then why cant India? If worlds top brands are selling their top most models in India then why cant honda launch Vezel in India???? This is insane. Very poor market analysis by Honda about Indian Market. Honda is giving inferior and ugly looking products based on brio platform to Indian customers.

    1. Madhan says:

      OK Guys, I know we all like sub-compact SUV and Indians can afford to it. And India is one of the major business target for Honda. So why Honda doesn’t release here? Because it will affect the sales of other honda cars. The sales of new Honda city will slump. While you can argue that is a different segment, if you look at the business dynamics you will realize that how having too many options changes the perception of a potential buyer. It is all about psychology and how it is being used to enrich the business. Once the love for Honda city goes down, now Honda is all set to release Vezel to keep the customers excited and interested. Honda is an international player and do you think they didn’t know that Indian are craving for SUV? Common man, they are far better in market analysis than us. Agree?

  2. dinesh shekhar says:

    Hello Nithayanadh, Can’t you contact the Honda folks and convince them about the real Indian market and smaller SUV thirsty current gene of Indians? Instead of developing a more viable model, they should consider launching the Vezel soon – it will be another overnight success story for Hondas. Agree?

    1. sandeep says:

      same thinking here, i completely agree with you they under estimate the indian market if Indonesia can get the HR-V why not India? i don’t believe its too expensive for India & the steel to manufacture cars will be assembled locally so thus making cars cheaper & also reducing costs so Honda must re-think about their operations, India doesn’t need a ugly sub 4m Brio based SUV

      1. inSynergy says:

        Subcompact crossover is also a vigorous section in Indonesia. There are favourites like Nissan Juke and Toyota Rush, and like Renault Duster and Suzuki SX4. A lot of them are produced there and it lower their cost.

        The Subcompact crossover segment grew very fast, especially by the arrival of ES. Vezel has to be cheaper than its competitors to shine. It may be one of the reasons Honda produced them there.

        Don’t be sad, there’s still a chance Honda released Vezel in India. Either it will be CBU to see market demand, or CKD for the complete sale.

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As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!