Honda Mobilio expected to recreate Indonesia's success magic in India

Thursday 24 July 2014, 16:20 PM by

Honda's Mobilio has been a grand success in the Indonesian market post launch in January this year. The Mobilio MPV has been responsible for Honda's sales and market share rise in the Indonesian market. A similar effect is also expected from the Indian market for Honda. At the launch event in Delhi, Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, Honda's managing officer said, “The Mobilio has already enjoyed a successful run in Indonesia. I am confident the Mobilio will repeat this success in the Indian market as well.”

Currently, Toyota's Innova rules the roost in the MPV segment in the country and reported a sales number of about 5,377 unit being sold in June within Asia's third-largest economy. With the launch of Honda's Mobilio, Toyota is expected to be hard hit in terms of Innova sales in the coming days. Honda Mobilio has reportedly already received about 5,800 booking within just two weeks from the time bookings were started being accepted by the dealers across country. With this overwhelming response at just the start, the company forecasts a good demand for the MPV in coming times within the Indian market.

Honda Mobilio expected to recreate Indonesia
Honda Mobilio expected to recreate Indonesia's success magic in India

Built on the ‘Man Maximum Machine Minimum’ Philosophy, the Mobilio MPV offers ample space to the passengers and also has aplenty boot space for storing luggage. Honda’s first MPV has boastful dimensions- the vehicle is 4390 mm long, 1680 mm wide, 1610 mm tall, has a ground clearance of 189 mm and brags a large wheelbase of 2650 mm. Sliding middle row option has been provided in the top end version V and RS variant for the ease of passengers.

The seven seater Mobilio MPV is offered with three row layout and as expected the third row is roomier. Underpinning the extended Brio platform, Mobilio has been inherited with sharp and bold looks, overall the MPV has a muscular stance. Petrol range of Mobilio has been packed with a frugal 1.5 litre i-VTEC engine that churns out a maximum power output of 116 Bhp. Diesel variants on the other hand are housed with Honda’s efficient 1.5 litre i-DTEC powertrain that engenders a peak power output of 99 Bhp. Diesel powered Mobilio is claimed to deliver segment best fuel economy of 24.2 kmpl and petrol version returns an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 18.2 kmpl which is again impressive.

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