Honda is all set to build a new diesel engine manufacturing plant in Rajasthan. The company has chosen to establish a plant at Tapukara in Rajasthan in the current fiscal year. The company will come up with a new Honda Brio inspired entry sedan which will be launched earlier by the next financial year. The new model will be the first model which is likely to be manufactured at the new plant as revealed by sources.
The upcoming sedan is likely to be pitted against the market leader Maruti Suzuki’s Swift Dzire, Toyota’s Etios and Mahindra and Mahindra’s Verito. The Japanese carmaker also has plans to come up with a new utility vehicle which is more likely to be a compact SUV based on Brio compact car platform as the compact SUV market is on a high at the global level.
Honda Diesel i-DTEC engine
The company’s new launch diesel engine might be a 1.5-litre capacity engine which will be subsequently introduced in Brio hatchback, Honda city and Honda Jazz models. The engine will also be used in the company’s upcoming compact utility vehicle.
The new plant will help the company in reviving its sales in the Indian car market which sells more than 2 million cars. Honda will be joining other companies like Hyundai, Volkswagen and Toyota Kirloskar, who have their plans of setting up new diesel engine plants in the country for their expansion in the local market.
Honda Motor Global confirmed the information on September 21. Honda Motor’s Global CEO Takanobu Ito informed through a speech in Tokyo. He said, “In order to compete and win in highly-competitive low-price markets and fulfill the diverse needs of customers, Honda will add sedan-type and utility-type models utilising the platform of the Brio.”
“An all-new diesel engine will be adapted sequentially to new models starting from FY2014. The cost competitiveness of the engine will be enhanced through local sourcing and production,” Ito further added.