Honda had launched the Brio back in 2011 to compete against the hatchbacks of the day. The car was known for its peppy engine and roomy cabin in spite of its puny dimensions. The Brio also marked the beginning of the Honda line-up for the country and the platform was used to build a series of future Honda cars like the Amaze, the Mobilio and the BR-V.
After the initial rally, the Brio had to play second fiddle to more successful Honda cars due to the production capacity crunch which eventually led to marginalisation of the hatchback. With the competitors updating their cars in the meantime, the Brio had become a laggard amongst the hatchbacks except for the few who specifically wanted the pocket rocket.