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INDIA BECOMES HONDA’S LARGEST BIKE PRODUCTION HUB

Wholly-owned subsidiary Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has doubled the capacity of its scooter plant in the Gujarat city of Ahmedabad with a £123m investment to build a second production line. This will push up output of the brand’s best-selling Activa and Dio models to 1.2 million units annually by September. Indian consumers currently have to endure a three-week wait for a new Activa, seriously hindering sales growth. 

Honda has three other major factories in India. The original one at Manesar in Haryana state near Delhi makes 1.6 million motorcycles a year. Tapukara in Rajasthan turns out 1.2 milion and Narsapura in Karnataka adds a further 1.8 million. With the additional lift from Ahmedabad — famous for “Bollywood” movie studios besides scooters — this will take its total Indian powered two-wheeler volume to 5.8 million units, elevating the country to status as Honda’s biggest global bike production hub.  

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