Honda Cars India Limited (HCIL), the Indian arm of the Honda Motor Co. Japan, today started the production of cars from its Tapukara Plant in Rajasthan. Honda Amaze is the first car to roll out from the new plant. The ceremony was attended by the Chief Minister of Rajasthan- Ms. Vasundhara Raje and Mr. Yasuhisa Kawamura, Minister & Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in India.
Speaking on the occasion Mr Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, Managing Officer, Honda Motor Co. Ltd., Japan and Representative of Development, Purchasing and Production in Asia & Oceania Region said, "India is an important market for Honda and with the beginning of car production at Tapukara plant, we are advancing our commitment to expand Honda’s business in India. We are thankful to the Government of Rajasthan for extending all the support to participate in the industrialization of the state." "Through our products and operations, our goal is to make Honda a company that society wants to exist," he added.
Tapukara is HCIL's first plant in the state and second in India. With the start of production of cars in the Tapukara, HCIL’s total installed production capacity has been increased to 2,40,000 units per year 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 1,01,370 units in Apr’13– Jan 14 period registering a growth of 78 percent over same period last year.
According to HCIL, its 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. This plant is the culmination of the best manufacturing know-how and practices gathered from Honda’s global operations. It employs optimum automation, latest equipment and best layout for achieving high quality, best ergonomics, improved operational efficiency and safety. The plant is highly focused on conservation of the environment and efficient use of energy & other natural resources.
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 & all-new City and promising future line-up, we are ready to cater to the strong demand for Honda cars from our customers in India."