Honda Cars India Limited (HCIL) has announced an additional investment of Rs. 380 crore to expand production at its Tapukara manufacturing unit in Alwar, Rajasthan. The current annual capacity of this production facility is 1,20,000 units, and with the aforesaid investment, the company intends to take it to 1,80,000 units per annum. It is expected that the Tapukara plant would be ready to wheel out 1,80,000 cars by mid 2016.
As of now, the Japanese autogiant Honda has two production units in India: Greater Noida & Tapukara. The combined annual production capacity of both these factories is 240,000 units, i.e. the Greater Noida as well as the Tapukara manufacturing unit produce 1,20,000 units each in a year. And, as told before too, with the 380 crore investment, the total annual capacity of Honda would go upto 300,000 units. Furthermore, it would generate a fresh employment of about 600 people. Honda's Tapukara plant was inaugurated in Feb 2014 by Smt. Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister, Rajasthan and the it has various functions including operations for forging, casting, stamping, powertrain components production, welding, painting, resin molding, engine assembly, and frame assembly as well as an engine testing facility.
India has emerged to be an extremely fruitful market for Honda as it's domestic sales during April 2014 - Feb 2015 have flourished unprecedentedly in the country. The company sold a whooping 166,366 units in FY 2014-15 as against 115,913 units in the corresponding period in FY 2013 -14. Honda is all set to re-introduce the Jazz hatchback in the country this year and in 2016, it intends to bring the new Accord & CR-V in the country.