BEWARE COMPETITORS: Honda’s Second Tapukara Plant Begins Production From Feb; Doubles Capacity

Honda is playing its games one step at a time and with each step it is becoming a big worry for the competition. After launching its first diesel engine, Amaze and very recently the new City, the next fretting stuff is coming from Rajasthan.

Honda’s production facility at Tapukara in Alwar district of Rajasthan is all set to start production from next month (February 2014). According to Economic Times, the new facility is expected to create 2,200 jobs when car production commences.

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Tapukara plant has been producing engine components and transmission parts for Indian, Thai and European markets and soon the company plans to produce Brio hatchback, Amaze compact sedan, and Mobilio MPV from this facility. The plant, when fully operational, will almost double Honda’s installed annual capacity to 240,000 units per annum which equates to almost 20,000 units per month from the current constraint of 10,000 units it can produce every month.

The plant is planned to have new assembly line for cars, a forging unit, and a diesel engine component production line for new and existing vehicles. Honda’s other facility at Greater Noida has also been geared up to manufacture models like the City, the Brio, and the next generation Accord.

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Talking to Economic Times, Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, Honda Motor’s managing officer and representative of development, purchasing and production for Asia & Oceania, said that Honda plans to utilize Brio platform manufactured in the new plant for its current and new line-up of models. Although no official confirmation has been forthcoming, it is understood that the new plant at Tapukara will also produce a compact SUV based on the Brio platform (more details).

And that for us is an interesting development. It is high time someone shook up Duster from its high perch. This move will also ensure reduction of waiting periods for Honda’s current and upcoming models.

Stay tuned for more news from Honda’s brand new facility.

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