Honda Cars India has kickstarted car production at its Tapukara factory in Rajasthan. This facility is Honda’s second factory in India, after the Greater Noida plant that was established in 1997. The Tapukara factory has a capacity to produce 120,000 cars per annum. Initially though, Honda will begin with a capacity of 60,000 annual units, scaling up this capacity to 120,000 units as and when the situation demands. Eventually, the new car factory at Tapukara is expected to roll out the Brio, Amaze and Mobilio.
While the production of the Mobilio is yet to begin, the Amaze has already begun rolling out of the assembly line at Tapukara. At full clip, the Tapukara factory will double Honda’s annual production capacity in India, from 120,000 units to 240,000 units. For now though, Honda’s annual car production in India rests at 180,000units. While the Mobilio will be added to the assembly line in the coming months, another major product that will roll out from Tapukara in future is the Brio platform based compact SUV that Honda is developing for the Indian car market.
The Brio platform based cars are aimed at garnering big volumes for brand Honda. Therefore, the Tapukara facility is likely to operate at full capacity in the coming months once Mobilio production begins. With Honda planning to meet demand until 2020 from Greater Noida and Tapukara, expect both facilities to be expanded in the coming years. Production of the Jazz platform based cars such as the 2014 City sedan and the upcoming Jazz hatchback will continue from the Greater Noida factory. Also, CKD assembly of the CR-V crossover will continue to happen from Greater Noida.
An immediate impact of Honda kickstarting Amaze production at Tapukara is that the car will now be available off the shelf. Honda’s Tapukara facility had been operational for a while now, with body stamping, engine assembly and component production. The addition of car assembly makes the factory a full fledged car manufacturing operation. Honda has invested 3,520 crore rupees on the Tapukara facility, which is spread across an area of 450 acres in India’s western frontier state of Rajasthan.