Encouraged by the massive success received recently from the Indian car market, Honda Cars India is making huge expansion plans in the country. The company has already announced that it will be launching several new cars in India by the year 2015. Now, it is revealed that the company is also looking to build its third manufacturing facility in the country to bring in a new compact hatchback in India.
It is a well known fact among the auto enthusiasts that the Japanese luxury car maker, Honda has plans to bring in a slew of new cars in the Indian car market post the huge success of the Honda Amaze compact sedan. Among the upcoming cars from the house of Honda Cars India comes the all new 2014 Jazz hatchback, a new Brio MPV that has launched as the Mobilio in Indonesia, a compact SUV and the new generation City sedan. And now, the company is also contemplating to bring in a new compact hatchback in order to compete with the small Maruti cars in India.
As per reports, the plan to bring in a new mini hatch in India was discussed at a Honda company meeting held in New Delhi in the month of September. This meeting was also attended by Honda’s big bosses – the global chairman, Fumihiko Ike as well as the President, Takanobu.
According to the sources, the new compact hatch from Honda will be placed below the very popular Honda Brio. As the Brio hatchback is the most affordable model in the product portfolio of Honda Cars India, the new mini car is expected to even further affordable and this can prove to be another great game changer for the company.
As per a source close to the development process, in the month of September in Honda’s global meet in India the company discussed about its focus to gains share in the country’s auto market. The company is studying the feasibility to set up a new manufacturing facility for which various locations are being considered. This new plant will churn out new compact car below the Brio by the year 2017. This new compact hatchback will be known as the World A-entry hatchback.
Honda has also confirmed the launch of the new generation of the City sedan in India along with its diesel variant in the year 2014. The success of the company’s first diesel offering Amaze in India has also made Honda confident about new diesel car releases in the domestic market. The next generation Jazz is also expected to launch in both the diesel as well as petrol models.
The Honda Mobilio which is a MPV based on the Brio platform has been launched at the Indonesia International Motor Show and is heading for India. The Mobilio will launch in India sometime in 2014. Though the MPV is launched as a petrol only model in Indonesia as it is a petrol market, the Mobilio will be having the engine options of a petrol as well as a turbo diesel engine for the Indian car market.