Automatics have not had the most successful run on the Indian soil but the tides are changing.
The list of automatic cars just keeps growing in India. It is indeed comforting to know that more and more Indian are preferring the gearbox to do the shifting.
IAB readers were already aware that Honda is cooking up an automatic version of the Brio to make it an ideal city car.
A Gearheads.in member ‘Mr Ace’ has brought forward images of the Honda Brio Automatic caught in what appears to be a stockyard. Considering the AT box is caught on a model with alloys and fog lamps, there is a very good chance that it will be only offered on a top-of-line variant.
The Honda Brio is already offered with a 4-speed CVT in Thailand and Indonesia. We are expecting the same unit to hit the Indian shores.
The Honda Brio AT will compete against the automatic variants of A Star and Hyundai i10. It will be priced at around Rs. 60,000 more than the manual version. We don’t expect the Brio sales to shoot up dramatically after the launch of the automatic variant, but service customers using cars mostly in the jam-packed city roads. There may only be a small percentage of Brio owners that prefer the automatic, but every customer counts for Honda as the diesel model is expected only in the next financial year.