With the second wave of Covid-19 creating havoc among the masses, carmakers have to be prepared for the worst. In this case, Honda India has announced that it will stop production of its cars for 12 days – starting May 7. Honda’s manufacturing facility in Tapukara in Rajasthan will be the one that will undergo a complete shutdown. This comes just a few days after the Japanese automaker released its sales figures for April 2021, where it posted a month-on-month growth of nearly 28 percent. Then again, with so many parts of the subcontinent entering lockdown, something like this doesn’t come as a surprise.
Given the number of people a massive company like Honda employs, this temporary shutdown will also allow its employees to take a breather. At the same time, Honda India has sent out a circular instructing its corporate employees to work from home. Of course, those who are absolutely vital in running day-to-day operations will be reporting to their respective offices as before. For your information, Honda’s Tapukara plant in Rajasthan has a production capacity of 1.8-lakh cars per year. As of now, even Mahindra has its primary manufacturing plant under lock & key due to the worsening Covid-19 situation. The same applies to India’s largest automaker, Maruti Suzuki, which also announced a temporary suspension of production.
Honda currently has five different cars on sale in India. The most popular of these is the Honda City, which is available in its fourth-gen and fifth-gen avatars. While the former costs between Rs 9.30 Lakh and Rs 10.00 Lakh, the latest iteration of the City is priced from Rs 11.00 Lakh to Rs 14.95 Lakh. Then there is the Honda Amaze, which has a price tag of between Rs 6.22 Lakh and Rs 9.99 Lakh. If you want a crossover SUV from Honda, your only option right now is the WR-V. It costs from Rs 8.62 Lakh to Rs 11.05 Lakh. However, if you are on the lookout for a premium and spacious hatchback, there is the Honda Jazz. This one has a sticker price of between Rs 7.55 Lakh and Rs 9.79 Lakh. Note, these are all ex-showroom, Delhi prices.
Honda also used to sell the Civic and CR-V in our market up until recently. However, since these models barely sold enough units in totality, it made more sense for the automaker to discontinue them than to try and revive interest among buyers. For a long time, Honda’s primary competitor in India has been Toyota. In all these years, Honda has tried its utmost to dethrone the latter without much success. Then again, the former knows its current audience and is doing what it can to cater to them. This is exactly why we have two different generations of the City on sale at the same time. Even though Honda India has just five models on offer, it is doing a pretty decent job so far.