Honda Cars India has stopped the production of Civic and CR-V due to the closure of its facility in Greater Noida. The company, as a part of realignment of its manufacturing operations, has decided to consolidate the production operations for vehicles and components at its Tapukara plant in Rajasthan with immediate effect for all domestic sales and exports. Honda Civic sedan and Honda CR-V production used to happen at the company's Greater Noida unit from CKD kits. In fact, Honda's best-seller City sedan was also produced at this very plant but it has been shifted to Tapukara in Rajasthan.
Mr. Gaku Nakanishi, President & CEO, Honda Cars India said, “Despite an uptick in sales in the last three months, the current market conditions remain unpredictable for the industry at large. The impact of COVID-19 has pressed us to strengthen our constitution, and to achieve the same, HCIL has decided to consolidate its manufacturing operations by making the Tapukara plant a unified manufacturing base. HCIL continues to believe in the resilience of the Indian economy and hope for a quicker recovery of the market. India is extremely important market in Honda’s global strategy and HCIL is committed to bring its latest and advanced technology models including electrified vehicles in future.”
Despite closing the manufacturing facility in Greater Noida, Honda's Head Office functions, India R&D Centre and Spare Parts operations (including warehouse) for Automobile, Two Wheeler and Power Product business will continue to operate from Greater Noida. The Tapukara facility in Rajasthan develops three of the company cars namely Amaze, Jazz and WR-V. Now, Honda City production will also take place at the Tapukara manufacturing unit. Hence, the company had to discontinue its flagship sedan Civic and flagship SUV CR-V. With resumption of operations after the COVID-19 led lockdown, Honda has successfully ramped-up its daily production volume to pre-covid level from September 2020 and has been consistently witnessing monthly sales growth for the last three months.