Honda Motorcycle Manufacturing NewsThis week at the 12th Auto Expo in India, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter INdia Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) – the only Honda motorcycle company in India – announced it is set to open a fourth manufacturing plant at Gujarat in India.
The plant, which is set to open in 2015, is being built to help with customer satisfaction in India.At the Auto Expo, Takanobu Ito (President, CEO & Representative Director, Honda Motor Company, Japan), said “HMSI sales volumes have already reached second position for Honda’s two wheeler business worldwide.“We believe India may soon be top market for Honda. Today I am happy to announce Honda will reach closer to customers with new fourth plant in Gujarat. We will invest an additional Rs. 1,100 crore for creating new 1.2 million units annual capacity.”The HMSI has grown quickly since 2011, from one to three manufacturing plants in North and South India. The new plant in the Ahmedabad district of Gujarat will reach the markets in the West quicker, and this market makes up 25 percent of HMSI customers.The fourth plant is scheduled to become operational in 2015 with an initial annual production capacity of 1.2 million units.This capacity expansion plan will increase HMSI’s total annual production capacity to 5.8 million units, including 1.6 million units at first plant (Haryana), 1.2 million units at second plant (Rajasthan) and 1.8 million units at third plant (Karnataka), Honda says.At the Auto Expo, Honda also showcased nine of its newest motorcycles, including the Activa 125 scooter, the CBR650R, the Gold Wing, the CBR 500R, the PCX 125 scooter, the CBR1000RR SP, the CB Trigger, the Dream Yuga, and the Honda RC213V (Racing Motorcycle + 21st Century + 3rd bike + Victory engine) prototype, the same bike that Marc Marquez used to win the 2013 MotoGP Championship.
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.