India has become the biggest production hub for Honda’s two wheeler operations globally after the company started a fourth assembly line in its Narasapura factory in Kolar district. The country also contributes the largest pie, 30%, to Honda’s two wheeler business.The new assembly line, with a capacity of 6 lakh units annually, will raise Narsapura’s production capacity to 24 lakh units, significantly higher than HondaMotorcycle & Scooter India’s (HMSI) other three facilities in Manesar (Haryana), Tapukara (Rajasthan) and Vithalpur (Gujarat).
These four factories will manufacture 64 lakh motorcycles and scooters in the fiscal. With this, it overtakes Indonesia, with 58-lakh capacity, to become the biggest hub. HMSI, a unit of Japan’s Honda Motor Co, has the second largest share, of 30%, in the Indian two-wheeler market, behind only home-grown Hero, which has 36% share.
“To better meet dynamic market demand and to prepare for the future opportunities, today Honda has inaugurated the fourth assembly line in the Karnataka plant. This makes Narsapura the world’s largest two-wheeler plant for Honda, and India the No. 1 production base for Honda globally ,” Shinji Aoyama, chief officer, regional operations (Asia & Oceania), Honda Motor, said.