Just a few days after production of the car commenced, units of the Honda Mobilio have been spotted making runs on Indonesian streets yesterday. The car seen in the pictures is a demo car for dealerships. It is also being said that the deliveries of the Mobilio will begin today, following a ceremony to mark the occasion. This will be carried out by Honda’s Indonesian subsidiary, Honda Prospect Motor (HPM). The car is being manufactured from Karawang, West Java, which is HPM’s second manufacturing facility in Indonesia.
Pre-bookings for the Honda Mobilio were opened on the day of its world premiere in September last year at the Indonesian International Motor Show. Within two months, i.e between September and November, more than 5,000 units had been put down for purchase. About 160 of these pre-booked units of the Mobilio will reach their respective owners today. Honda has made pretty quick work of going from launch to bookings to deliveries and will be looking to dispatch the remaining units soon.
In Indonesia, the Honda Mobilio is only available with a 1.5 litre i-VTEC four-cylinder diesel engine; this is the same one used on the current generation Honda City. In India, however, Honda will include a diesel variant for the Mobilio, given our leaning for the economy that it offers. The petrol powerplant pushes 118PS of power at a torque of 144Nm. Buyers can choose to go with a 5-speed manual or CVT automatic transmission.
The Honda Mobilio will be unveiled in India at the upcoming Auto Expo 2014. The car will be manufactured at Honda’s second Indian manufacturing plant based in Tapukara, Rajasthan. The Mobilio is the third of four cars to be made based on the Brio platform. the first was the Brio itself. The Amaze sedan and Mobilio MPV followed. Also coming up is a an SUV-crossover that there is still very little information regarding.
Honda set up its first plant in Greater Noida and its second one is coming up in Rajasthan. Operations at the new plant are expected to commence April 2014. With the launch of the Mobilio and Jazz, Honda’s count of Indian products will reach seven. The company currently offers the Brio, Amaze, City, CR-V and Accord. The range starts at 4.90 lakh for the Brio all the way up to 25 lakh for the CR-V.