After 2015 Honda Fit production in Celaya, Honda begins Amaze production in Tapukara Plant, India
Honda manufacturing operations in North America last week saw a new boost with production start at new Celaya plant, Mexico. 2015 Honda Fit ( Honda Jazz in India) production is underway to meet customer demand for fuel-efficient subcompact models here. Enrique Pena Nieto, president of Mexico, and Takanobu Ito, president & CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. were in attendance.
Celaya Plant operations increases Honda’s annual automobile production capacity in North America to approximately 1.92 million units. More than 90% of Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. in 2013 were produced in North America. this number will be in excess of 95% when Celaya plant reaches full production capacity.
The US $800 million plant began production less than two years after construction started in early 2012 and will provide employment to 3,200 associates with an annual capacity of 200,000 vehicles and engines when it reaches full production later in 2014. Apart from, 2015 Honda Fit, production of an all-new compact SUV will begin here later in 2014. A new $470 million transmission plant’s construction is underway at the same site in Celaya, and is expected to begin continuously variable transmissions (CVT) production in the second half of 2015, with added employment to about 1,500 associates. Celaya Auto Plant is Honda de Mexico’s 2nd auto plant. The first is located near Guadalajara and was established in El Salto, Jalisco in 1995.
“Our new plant in Mexico is based on the Honda Company Principle of maintaining a global viewpoint to supply products of the highest quality, yet at a reasonable price, for worldwide customer satisfaction,” said Ito. “In Celaya, we can see these core values in action, with a commitment to the highest quality and efficiency and a focus on creating joy for our customers.”
Honda Cars India Tapukara Plant is located in Tapukara Industrial Area, Distt. Alwar, Rajasthan, and is spread over an area of 450 acres. With a cumulative investment of Rs 3526 crores, Tapukara plant currently employs about more than 3200 associates. Plant production capacity now stands at 1,20,000 units /annum. Tapukara plant, HCIL’s 2nd plant began Phase I operations in September 2008 with Press Shop and Power Train Unit for engine components.
Production of cars in the 2nd plant from today augments HCIL’s total installed production capacity to 240,000 units/ annum in India. During the current fiscal year 2013-14, HCIL has crossed 1 lakh unit sales for the first time in a financial year having sold 101,370 units in Apr’13– Jan 14 period to register 78% sales growth over same period last year, a new landmark for HCIL.
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.
Mr Hironori Kanayama, President & CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd. said, “The beginning of car production from our 2nd 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.”