Honda Cars India began car production from its Tapukara plant in Rajasthan, today. The Honda Amaze was the first car to roll out from the new plant. The ceremony was attended by Ms. Vasundhara Raje, Honourable Chief Minister, Government of Rajasthan and Mr. Yasuhisa Kawamura, Minister & Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in India.
HCIL plant in Tapukara is the first car manufacturing plant in Rajasthan. Spread over an area of 450 acres, the facility is an integrated manufacturing unit including all functions of Forging, Press Shop, Powertrain shop, Weld shop, Paint shop, Plastic Moulding, Engine assembly, Frame assembly and Engine Testing facility. It also boasts of the latest technology in manufacturing and ergonomics to make the process safe and efficient.
The Tapukara plant is the second plant of HCIL which started its Phase I operations in September 2008 with Press Shop and Power Train Unit for engine components. With the start of production of cars in the second plant, HCIL’s total installed production capacity has been increased to 240,000 units per annum in India. During the current fiscal year 2013-14, HCIL set a new record of crossing 1 lakh unit sales for the first time in a financial year by selling 101,370 units in April 13– Jan 14 period. It registered a growth of 78 per cent over the same period last year, which is the highest growth among other brands in the industry.
Mr Hironori Kanayama, President & CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd. said, “The beginning of car production from our second plant is a significant milestone for HCIL. With overwhelming response to our current models like Honda Amaze and the all-new City and the promising future line-up, we are ready to cater to the strong demand for Honda cars from our customers in India.”
Honda has been enjoying good sales in the country. Instrumental in garnering those figures is the Honda Amaze and the newly launched City as well. The company’s product range includes Honda Brio, Honda Amaze, Honda City and Honda CR-V while the Mobilio and the Jazz are waiting in the wings. This new, ellaborate facility should help Honda tide over any production problems they might encounter.