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Honda mulls second production shift at Tapukara plant to increase output

Snapshot: The production capacity of the plant will be scaled to 1.20 lakh units per annum before the end of current fiscal.

Japanese carmaker Honda Motor Company is planning to increase the production output from its Tapukara plant in Rajasthan by starting a second production shift in the next seven to eight months, in order to help the company meet its target of an almost 50 per cent jump in sales to 2 lakh units in 2014-15. The Indian arm of the Japanese automaker, Honda Cars India Ltd., is also reportedly, considering to ramp up the production capacity of the said plant in in the next two to three years as it targets sales of 3 lakh units a year by 2016-17.

The Japanese automaker currently, rolls out 60,000 units a year in one shift from the 450-acre Tapukara facility. The total installed capacity of the plant however, is 1.2 lakh units in two shifts. “Currently, we are producing our cars in only one shift at Tapukara. With growing demand for our cars, we will go for full capacity of the plant in the last three-four months of this fiscal.” Honda Cars India senior vice president and director of sales & marketing, Shigeru Yamazaki said.

“After launching the Amaze last year and the recent introduction of the new City, our sales are growing despite a tough market condition. Depending on availability of components and demand, the company is capable of producing 2 lakh units in the fiscal.” Yamazaki further said. 

Honda is currently, prepping to introduce the seven seater multi-purpose vehicle, Mobilio in July in both petrol and diesel guises and the new generation of its premium hatchback in Jazz in early 2015. The company has also announced a sales target of 3 lakh units in India by the financial year 2017 as part of its aim to sell 60 lakh vehicles globally in the same period.

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