Honda Motorcycles: India Expansion
Honda Motorcycle News
As the motorcycle market in India continues to expand, so does Honda. On Thursday, Honda Motorcycles & Scooter India (HMSI) reported it would expand production capacity in its second production plant, which is under construction, and plans to build a third one for 2013.
As for India itself, it’s the second largest motorcycle market next to China; in 2010, India motorcycle sales were up 30 percent, with 11.32 million units sold. Honda sold 1.526 million motorcycles there in 2010, which was up 40 percent from 2009, achieving a record high for ten consecutive years.
Honda says with all three plants producing motorcycles, HMSI’s total annual production capacity will reach 4 million motorcycles. This incluses 1.6 million in the first plant, 1.2 million in the second plant, which will be completed in July, and 1.2 million in the third, which is expected to open in 2013.
According to HMSI, the second motorcycle plant is currently being built in the Tapukara Industrial Area of Rajasthan, which is approximately 90km from the center of Delhi, and is scheduled to become operational in July 2011 with annual production capacity of 0.6 million motorcycles. HMSI decided to double the annual production capacity of this plant to 1.2 million motorcycles in March 2012.
In order to realize Honda’s vision to provide good products with speed and affordability, the third motorcycle plant will be built in the Bangalore area in the southern part of India, which will enable HMSI to more efficiently serve the vast motorcycle market of India together with the first and second plants in northern India.
In order to fulfill the diversifying needs of customers in the growing market of India, HMSI is enhancing its motorcycle product lineup with last year’s introduction of CB Unicorn Dazzler, its first model in the 150cc class that was targeted toward young consumers, and by introducing CBR250R, HMSI’s first 250cc sports bike. HMSI will continue fulfilling the expectations of its customers by enhancing its product lineup and expanding the production capacity.