HMSI opens sec­ond line in Gu­jarat plant

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Honda Mo­tor­cy­cle & Scooter In­dia (HMSI) has in­au­gu­rated the 2nd as­sem­bly line of its 4th man­u­fac­tur­ing plant at Vitha­la­pur (Man­dal taluk, Ahmed­abad district) in Gu­jarat. Adding an ad­di­tional 6 lakh units to the an­nual pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity, the 4th plant’s to­tal ca­pac­ity has now reached 1.2 mil­lion units an­nu­ally. The sec­ond as­sem­bly line in­au­gu­rated is an ex­clu­sive scooter as­sem­bly line and will pro­duce In­dia’s largest sell­ing two-wheeler, Ac­tiva. This ex­pan­sion in­creases HMSI’s to­tal an­nual pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity to 5.8 mil­lion units, in­clud­ing 1.6 mil­lion units at the first plant (Haryana), 1.2 mil­lion units at the sec­ond plant (Ra­jasthan), 1.8 mil­lion units at third plant (Kar­nataka) and another 1.2 mil­lion

Com­ment­ing on this mile­stone, Keita Mu­ra­matsu, Pres­i­dent & CEO, HMSI said, “In­dia is not only the World’s No. 1 twowheeler mar­ket but is also go­ing to be the No 1 con­trib­u­tor to Honda global 2-wheeler sales for the first time in this fis­cal year 2016-17. Scooter­i­sa­tion, a trend seen ear­lier in de­vel­oped mar­kets of the world, is firmly driving the In­dian 2-wheeler mo­men­tum today. The scooter seg­ment is grow­ing at 30% com­pared to 15% growth of the two-wheeler in­dus­try.

Yad­vin­der Singh Gu­le­ria, Sr. VP, Sales & Mar­ket­ing, HMSI, said, “Today, Honda is lead­ing the Scooter­i­za­tion of In­dia with a 58% mar­ket share. The new 2nd as­sem­bly line fur­ther sup­ports Honda in ce­ment­ing its undis­puted lead­er­ship in scooter seg­ment. End­ing the 17 year old monopoly of mo­tor­cy­cle, Honda’s iconic au­to­matic scooter Ac­tiva is In­dia’s the largest sell­ing 2-wheeler in 2016.”

units at the fourth plant (Gu­jarat).

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