Honda Cars India will officially inaugurate its new production facility in Tapukara, Rajasthan on Monday, 24th February, expected to double its annual capacity in India to 240,000 cars.
The plant will be the company's second manufacturing facility in India after its Greater Noida plant that was set up in 1997.
The Greater Noida plant has an installed capacity of 100,000 units and this has been stretched to 120,000 units when the Amaze launched in April last year. The plant was reeling under the response for the Amaze and things got a little better after the Honda City was discontinued.
Once the fourth-generation diesel Honda City was launched in January 2014, the plant has once again been put under stress. Honda's upcoming plans include the Mobilio MPV and the Jazz hatchback, with the Mobilio launching in June and the Jazz scheduled later.
We expect Honda to continue production of the Amaze, City and Brio at the Greater Noida plant, given how it has an established supplier base in and around its facility. The Tapukara plant will start with the diesel-powered Amaze, to be joined by the Mobilio and a compact SUV later.
The Tapukara plant is spread on a site of 450 acres and currently has a power train and press shop. The first phase of this plant was completed in September 2008 when it began supplying body panels and engine components to the Greater Noida plant.