Snapshot: Honda Cars India will inaugurate production at its new factory situated in Tapukara, Rajasthan, from February 2014. The new factory will roll out the cars based on the Brio platform that currently include the Brio hatchback and the Amaze compact sedan. Later this year, the Mobilio MPV will join the production line at Tapukara.
By starting production at its new Tapukara factory, Honda Cars India will double its annual car production, from 120,000 units to 240,000 units. This increase in production is necessary as Honda is in the process of launching a slew of big volume cars in India. Honda’s plans for 2014 include the City sedan, Mobilio MPV and the Jazz hatchback.
For instance, the just-launched 2014 City sedan has seen Honda’s order books swell by 9,000 units coming from the pre-bookings alone. With sharp pricing revealed at the 2014 City’s launch, the car maker would need all the production it can muster to satiate demand for the first ever diesel engined City model.
Production of the 2014 City will happen at the Honda’s older factory at Greater Noida, off Delhi. This factory will continue to churn out cars based on the 2014 Jazz platform, which includes the City and the to-be-launched Jazz hatchback.
Also, CKD production of the CR-V crossover and the next generation Accord will also happen at the Greater Noida facility. The Tapukara factory, on the other hand, will produce cars based on the Brio platform. As of now, the new factory will produce the Brio hatchback and the Amaze compact sedan.
By the middle of the year, the factory will begin producing the Mobilio MPV. Over the next couple of years, the Brio-based compact SUV will also be added to Honda’s Indian line up. The increase in overall production capacity is expected to allow Honda to get a handle on waiting periods.