For quite a while now, Honda has built the City in Santa Rosa, Laguna but by next month, another model will be assembled here as well. Come November, the Honda BR-V will now be built in the Philippines, expanding the locally-made car range to two.
About a year ago, we reported that HCPI was indeed considering making the BR-V in the Philippines. Today's announcement has confirmed the local production of HCPI's second best-selling model. Given that the BR-V is now Honda's second best-selling model after the City, it seems it only makes sense to build the popular seven seat crossover locally.
With that, the BR-V also holds the distinction of being the only three-row, B-segment crossover made in the Philippines. Its prime competition, the Toyota Rush and Mitsubishi Xpander, are sourced abroad. Specs are the same as the imported model, meaning the variants, engines, and equipment levels are the same.
"The main difference is, it's proudly made by HCPI Santa Rosa," said MJ del Pilar, Deputy division head for sales, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. Prices are also the same, adds del Pilar.
The Philippine-assembled Honda BR-V is available in two trim levels, the entry-level S and top-spec V Navi. Both are powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine with 120 PS and 145 Nm of torque and both variants shift via a continuously variable transmission