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Honda to manufacture new small-sized car at Greater Noida facility Print E-mail
Written by Vivek   
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Mumbai: The 27th Thailand International Motor Expo, starting on November 30th, will witness the the world premiere of Honda's prototype of the new small-sized vehicle which is scheduled to be introduced in India and Thailand in the following year. The new small-sized car will be manufactured in the Honda Siel Cars Greater Noida facility, which currently has an annual capacity of 100,000 units.

The new hatchback car, developed exclusively for India's burgeoning small car market, will be positioned in the B+ segment and is expected to be priced below Rs. 5 Lakh. Honda plans to introduce two versions of the small-sized car in the second half of 2011 in India.

In Thailand, Honda will introduce a model that complies with the country's high fuel efficiency standards.

Honda had earlier unveiled the new small car concept at the Auto Expo in Delhi in January 2010. Koichi Kondo, Executive Vice-President and Representative Director, Honda Motor Co.had then said that the car is designed for easy driving in the city. It has a compact body and offers cabin space for five people.
Honda's current least expensive offering is the Jazz premium hatchback whose base model comes at Rs 6.98 lakh in Delhi.

At the Thailand International Motor Expo, Honda also will exhibit a variety of automobiles  such as Accord, City, Civic, Jazz (known as Fit in Japan), Freed and CR-V as well as motorcycles including CBR250R, a new global sports model, and PCX, a global scooter model, both of which are being exported from Thailand to global markets.

Honda Siel Cars India Ltd., (HSCI), a joint venture between Honda Motor Co. Ltd., Japan and Siel Limited, a Siddharth Shriram Group company, set up its first  manufacturing unit at Greater Noida, U.P in 1997. The green-field project is spread across 150 acres of land (over 6,00,000 sq. m.). \

Honda's second manufacturing facility is in Tapukara, Rajasthan currently produces auto components. Spread over 600 acres, this facility has a production capacity of 60,000 units per annum. Honda is  currently is the 7th largest car maker in India. The total investment made by the company in India till date is over Rs. 800 crores.

The company’s product range includes Honda Jazz, Honda City, Honda Civic and Honda Accord which are produced at the Greater Noida facility. The premium SUV, CR-V is sold as a fully imported unit from Japan. The company operates under the stringent standards of ISO 9001 for quality management and ISO 14001 for environment management.

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