Honda Cars India began production at its second Indian manufacturing facility, located at Tapukara in Alwar in Rajasthan on Monday.
As The Times of India reports, the plant has a capacity of 120,000 cars per annum and its opening doubles Honda’s Indian manufacturing capacity to 240,000 cars a year.
The new Tapukara plant is the first car plant in the state of Rajasthan. Honda’s other factory is located at Surajpur in Uttar Pradesh.
The inaugural production ceremony was attended by Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje and Yasuhisa Kawamura, minister and deputy chief of mission in the Japanese embassy in India.
"India is an important market for Honda and with the beginning of car production at Tapukara plant, we are advancing our commitment to expand Honda's business in India," said Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, MD, Honda Motor Co, Japan.
As The Economic Times reports, Honda has invested Rs 35 billion ($624 million) in the new plant. It is expected to generate employment for more than 3,200 people.
"With overwhelming response to our current models like Honda Amaze and all-new City and promising future line-up, we are ready to cater to the strong demand for Honda cars from our customers in India," said Hironori Kanayama, president & CEO, Honda Cars India.