Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd has crossed a historic milestone in 2018. The company’s four manufacturing plants in India have together crossed the 35 million two-wheeler mark, that too in just 17 years. It is the only two-wheeler brand in the country to produce these much vehicles. Honda Two-Wheelers India started operations in 2001. It took 11 years to achieve the initial 10 million units cumulative production in India. The company added the next 25 million customers in just five-and-a-half years.
Minoru Kato, President & CEO, Honda 2Wheelers India has rolled out the 35th million two-wheeler- an ‘Activa 4G’ from Honda’s plant in Tapukara (Rajasthan).
“Thanks to great support from customers in both India and 68 countries across the world, Honda 2Wheelers India is celebrating our 35 millionth two-wheeler landmark today. Taking forward this love and trust, we at Honda are committed to providing quality products and experiences that make customers’ lives more enjoyable.”
“Our first model, a scooter (Activa) activated the slowing scooter market with its advanced features and fresh design and is now leading India’s scooterization as No. 1 selling two-wheeler of India. Delighting 35 million customers with 24 products Honda 2wheelers is now reaching close to them through a network of over 5,700 authorised touch-points,” said Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President – Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.
Honda motorcycle business in India began in 2001 from its first plant in Manesar (Haryana). In 2004, it made its entry into the motorcycle segment with 150cc CB Unicorn and followed this with the launch of 125cc CB Shine (India’s largest selling 125cc motorcycle) in 2006.
In its first decade of business (2001-2011), Honda 2Wheelers India gradually scaled up its production and expanded capacity at its solo Manesar plant from 55,000 units in 2001 to 1.65 million units’ annual production in 2011.
The total annual capacity is now 6.4 million two-wheelers. Now, the company offers a diversified portfolio, with as many as 24 two-wheeler models ranging from 110cc to 1800cc capacity.