Honda Kolar plant two wheeler production, 4th plant search on

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., announced earlier today that they have inaugurated their 3rd manufactruing plant in India, whose foundation stone was laid in September 2011. Built at an investment of INR 1,350 crores, this new Honda plant will take their total production to 46 lakh units annually by FY 2014 end.

Honda Kolar plant ready to produce two wheelersThe new HMSI plant is located at Narsapura Area, District Kolar, Karnataka. Spread over a total area of 96 acres, the plant will begin operations in a few days, where they will be manufacturing their new range Dream Yuga motorcycle. We are not sure which other two wheelers will be produced at this plant. Honda India of manufactures the following in India, CBR250R, CBR150R, CB Trigger, CB Unicorn Dazzler, CB Unicorn, CBF Stunner, CB Shine, CB Twister, Dream Yuga, Dream Neo, Aviator, Activa and Dio.

In the first phase of production, HMSI Kolar plant will produce 12 lakh units annually, by the second phase, 6 lakhs units will be added. HMSI’s first plant is in Manesar, Haryana, which has 16 lakh capacity, while their second plant is in Tapukara, Rajasthan, with 12 lakh capacity.

HMSI overtook Bajaj and became the the second largest two wheeler manufacturer in the country during 2012/13. They aim to become No 1, a position which has been held by Hero MotoCorp since Apr-Jun 2001 (Hero MotoCorp was Hero Honda back then, and they de-throned a leader in the segment for 43 years, Bajaj Auto). HMSI aims to replace Hero by 2020, or even before (by 2016), if the slowdown in economy continued, says Shinji Aoyama, Operating Officer, Hondo Motor Co.

In order to become No 1., HMSI has a plan, which is to produce more motorcycles and increase the number of dealerships. They are simultaneously working on both of them. Y S Guleria, VP, Sales and Marketing, HMSI, has confirmed that they are on the lookout for a site for their 4th plant, while they are adding 1 or 2 touch-points everyday. For more information on the new plant, have a look at the media release below.