The fourth generation Honda City was launched in January this year and by the end of last month Honda had sold 53,605 units capturing more than 50 percent of the market share in the segment.
The unrelenting demand for the new City has caused Honda Cars India Limited (HCIL) to shift the entire production of the City to its new Tapukara plant in Distt. Alwar, Rajasthan. It is an integrated unit that houses facilities for Forging, Press, Powertrain, Welding, Paint, Plastic Moulding, Engine assembly, Frame assembly and Engine Testing.
However, this shifting means there will be no production of the Honda City this month; it would resume in the first week of September 2014. So, if you are one among the many waiting in queue for the new City, your wait would be a bit longer. However, once the production at the new facility goes in full swing, we believe future bookers of City should be able to get their car earlier, at least that is what Honda wants us to believe.
Assembly operations began at the Tapukara plant in February 2014 and it’s only the Amaze that is being produced at that facility. It’s currently running on single shift, but has an installed capacity of 1,20,000 units per annum. Going forward, the 450-acre plant will also produce the City along with the Amaze.
The massive demand for the newly launched Mobilio has also played a role in this decision. Its production is in full swing at the Greater Noida plant. According to Honda, this move will allow the company to ensure better availability and timely deliveries of both the City and the Mobilio by maximizing production at both the plants.