Honda to Resume Production of Jazz and Brio in India
Honda India is likely to resume producing its small cars Jazz and Brio in the mid-February. Honda halted the production of the two hatchbacks in January due to shortage in supply of parts from the flood affected Thailand.
January 11, 2012: On Tuesday, Honda Siel Cars India Ltd. made an announcement of resuming the production of its small cars, Jazz and Brio, in the mid-February. In January, the carmaker halted the production of Jazz model and continued the cut in the production of its small car Brio for the second straight month in January, according to Anita Sharma (Spokeswoman at Honda Siel Cars India). And then finally in January, the carmaker even halted making the Brio model due to shortage in supply of components from Thailand that was affected by a devastating flood last year. Honda India sources some of the electronic and under-body parts of car from Thailand.
Honda also had to cut the production of its cars prior to this in the last year due to March earthquake and tsunami in Japan. But now, the company is looking forward to start the production of its hatchbacks at the Greater Noida facility in Uttar Pradesh. The facility is capable of producing around 100,000 cars every year.
As of now, the company has started producing its new City sedan at the facility. “We also began making the new City sedan from Monday,” said Anita Sharma. The new City was launched on December 14, 2011 and is priced at Rs. 50,000 less than its predecessor. Usually, the Greater Noida facility produces Accord sedan, mid-sized City, small cars Brio and Jazz. However, due to shortage in supply of components from Thailand, Honda had to halt the production of its hatchbacks Jazz and Brio.