Report - Honda City's waiting period to reduce in India with increased production

11/11/2014 - 13:42 | ,   | Anjan Ravi

Fully capacity utilization of the second plant.

Honda Cars India have announced that its second plant in Tapukara, Rajasthan, will begin a second shift starting this month, thereby increasing production of the Honda City.

2014 Honda City drive front quarter red
The City is available with 1.5L petrol and diesel engines in India.

Mr. Jnaneswar Sen, Sr. Vice President – Marketing & Sales, Honda Cars India Ltd, said in a statement that this would ensure "better availability of the Honda City", which has seen waiting periods ranging from several weeks to a couple of months. The second shift at Tapukara will also see "full capacity utilization of Tapukara plant", Mr. Sen said.

Until August, the City was being produced at Honda Cars India's main plant in Greater Noida, however, the introduction of the Mobilio meant that the mid-size sedan had to give up its capacity utilization. Honda stopped production of the City in August as it was shipping the tools to Rajasthan and getting the plant ready.

Honda Mobilio Petrol Review front view
The City's production had to be relocated to accommodate the Mobilio.

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Since its launch in January this year, Honda has sold over 60,000 units of the new City in India. The sedan is available with 1.5-liter petrol and diesel engines, with the latter getting a 6-speed manual transmission. The petrol is available with a 5-speed manual or a CVT.

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