Honda Cars have been forced to shut down the production facility in Greater Noida and they have shifted their focus to Rajasthan's Tapukara. There are also reports that suggest that Honda will be ending the production of its Civic and CR-V. Now, there is the fifth-generation City which will be the only premium product on offer in India. Honda has placed big bets on City and they are also planning on adding new technology and EVs in order to leave an imprint in the Indian market even in the future.
Honda Cars India's Rajesh Goel confirmed the decision to close Civic and CR-V production in an interview with The Hindu Business Line. "The Tapukara plant is designed to be adequate to manufacture the mid-size cars, and therefore the Civic and CR-V size cannot be accommodated," said the Senior Vice-President and Director, Marketing and Sales at HCIL. "And, if we invest in the existing models, then the pricing dynamics may not match the expectations of the customers, especially since the market has de-grown over the last one year."
Both the Civic and CR-V have not been hugely successful in India and the company is now planning to provide service and spare parts to existing customers owning either of the two cars. Honda is now planning at better and newer tech.
"India is extremely important to market in Honda’s global strategy and HCIL is committed to bringing its latest and advanced technology models including electrified vehicles in future," said Gaku Nakanishi, President & CEO, Honda Cars India