Monday, December 30, 2013
By John Andrew
Honda working on SUV based on platform of Brio
Making all predictions wrong Japanese car making company Honda has said that it will not bring its SUV Vezel (codenamed 2XP) which was unveiled during Tokyo Motor Show held this November in India. Earlier it was reported that company is working on introducing the same SUV in India by 2015 as it finds huge potential of its growth in India.
Commenting on decision of not bringing Vezel in Indian car market Mr. Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, Managing Officer Asia and Oceania, Honda Motors said that the main reason behind this decision is decline in value of rupee which may impact the production cost of Vezel. If launched in Indian car market it will cost around Rs. 16 lakh which might be expensive than compared to other SUV’s existing in Indian car market. Mr. Matsumoto also added that Vezel is blessed with huge fleet of latest technical features and integrating these features in vehicle that will be manufactured here will make it expensive which could be a difficult situation for company.
This announcement from company may disappoint Indian buyers willing to buy Vezel. But to console Indian buyers it is reported that company is now working on bringing a SUV that will be based on its popular hatchback Brio. As compared to Vezel cost of producing this vehicle is less expensive and may facilitate Honda to safely introduce that SUV in Indian car market. If launched in Indian car market it is speculated that the new upcoming SUV will surely help company to strengthen its position more strongly in Indian car market. It is expected that Brio based SUV will makes its debut in market sometimes by the end of 2015 or in the beginning of 2016. Till than let us keep our fingers crossed.