Honda BR-V has been introduced in Indonesia, and soon in India at the 2016 Auto Expo. Malaysia will eventually become the third country in the South Asian region to welcome the Honda BRV when Honda Malaysia makes it official sometime in April. The Indonesian Honda BRV is offered in four versions: S MT, E MT, E CVT and E Prestige CVT. In looks, the BRV shares a stark resemblance to the CR-V, with a more compact and rugged outlook. The interior is almost a carbon copy of the CR-V’s, with all the necessary trims and connectivity options.
The Honda BRV takes up a 1.5-liter engine for an output of 120 PS and 145 Nm, paired to either a 6-speed MT or CVT gearbox; the Indonesian version. The Malaysian version will most probably be available with the CVT transmission only. A bunch of safety features for the BRV include ABS, EBD, Hill Start Assist, VSA, dual front airbags, ISOFIX and many more. Further details will be made available when Honda Malaysia introduces it in the second quarter.
The Honda Civic needs no further introduction. Now into its 10th-generation, the Civic represents one of the most comprehensive and ambitious new-model developments ever undertaken by Honda, requiring an unprecedented commitment of R&D resources and Honda engineering prowess. While the development of the Civic Sedan was led by a North American team, a first for Honda and Civic, the overall Civic series involves design and engineering teams from Honda R&D, sales and manufacturing operations around the world, especially in North America and Japan, but also in Europe, South America and Asia. The anticipated domestic debut for the 10th-gen Civic is either third or fourth quarter of the year.
In related news, Honda Malaysia recently took the top spot from arch rivals UMW Toyota Motor in the Non-national segment, after a 7-year progress. The 7-year progression began in 2008 when Honda M’sia held only a fragile 5.9 percent market share and Toyota had a huge 18.5 percent market share. Steadily, Honda’s market share started to increase up to 7.4 percent, over two years. A sharp decline to 5.3 percent ensued in 2011, followed by a rise to 6.3 percent in 2012. In 2013, market share rose to 7.9 percent and climbed to 11.6 percent in 2014. With the inception of core variants like the HR-V, City and enhanced Jazz, Honda M’sia eventually outbid their rivals by a percentage point in 2015, with a market share of 14.2 percent, last year.