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35 million units produced in India by Honda mark in 17 years

Parichay Malvankar
Written by Parichay Malvankar

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. have grown huge in the past few years. The brand is currently the #2 two-wheeler manufacturer behind their previous alliance partner, Hero MotoCorp. Honda has now achieved a major milestone of having produced over 35 million two-wheelers in total, here in India.

It has taken Honda 17 years to achieve this milestone.

Honda started operations in India since 2001. From then, it took the brand 11 years to achieve the initial 10 million production (which happened in 2012) and post that Honda added another 25 million units to the figure in just five & a half years. Statistics thus suggest that there is a new Honda buyer every 5 seconds.

The milestone vehicle which rolled out from Honda’s second plant in Tapukara, Rajasthan was the Activa 4G. It has always been the Activa which has been generating huge numbers for Honda here in India. Honda has achieved this major milestone number backed by 24 products on sale. Honda has a established 5,700 sales & service touchpoints combined.

India is also the largest production hub for the brand in the world. From a total of 14.8 million units produced by Honda worldwide, India alone accounted for almost 31% of this number. However, Honda is committed to the Indian market and retails 95% of the product for our domestic market. Honda currently exports products to over 68 countries.

Important milestone of Honda 2Wheelers India:

Year Milestone
1999 –       Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) is incorporated
2001 –       Starts production at first plant in Manesar, the first model Activa is launched
2002 –       Starts exports from India
2004 –       Enters the motorcycle market with 150cc CB Unicorn

–       Becomes No. 1 brand in scooter segment led by Activa success

2006 –       Diversifies in the motorcycle segment with launch of 125cc CB Shine
2008 –       Only two-wheeler company to continue to grow double-digit after Lehman crisis
2009 –       Introduces Combi-Brake System with Equalizer technology – An industry First
2011 –       Inaugurates 2nd manufacturing plant at Tapukara (Rajasthan) of 12 lac units capacity
2012 –       Becomes Only Honda in India

–       Enters 110cc motorcycle segment with Dream Yuga

–       New Technical Centre with integrated SEDBQ function inaugurated

2013 –       Inaugurates 3rd manufacturing plant at Narsapura (Karnataka) with 12 lac units capacity

–       Honda Eco Technology (HET) introduced for improved mileage

2014 –       Expands capacity at 3rd manufacturing plant to 18 lac units
2015 –       Launches 15 new models in 2015 including first CKD model CBR 650F
2016 –       Inaugurates 4th manufacturing plant at Vithalapur (Gujarat) of 12 lac units capacity

–       Honda 2Wheeler India sales cross 5 million mark annually for first year

2017 –       Expands capacity at 3rd manufacturing plant to 24 lac units, total capacity reaches 6.4 million units annually from 11 assembly lines at four plants

–       Iconic Activa becomes India’s No. 1 selling two-wheeler and is trusted by 15 crore families

2018 –       Achieves historic 35 million cumulative milestone