India: Honda readies a new manufacturing facility image

Honda, the third-biggest automaker in Japan, mulls a recovery in India’s auto market and prepares to build a new plant in the country.

According to an executive of the company, Honda’s India sales chief Jnaneswar Sen, the automaker has started buying land in the western Indian state of Gujarat for the future expansion project. Sen, who made the announcement during an interview late Friday in New Delhi, refrained from giving any further details – so there’s no word on the actual date of the start of construction, nor is any information about the size of the factory, vehicle output or models to be built. Tokyo-based spokeswoman Kumiko Hashimoto confirmed the acquisition procedure, though.

India, hard hit by an economic and political turmoil, has started a recovery this fiscal year after the investiture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His election has prompted some analysts and economists to finally forecast a positive economic growth. India’s economy dipped to a decade low the last fiscal year, also deeply affecting car sales.

On the other hand, since the start of this fiscal year in April, the country’s auto sales tally has been rising for four straight months, with Honda’s deliveries jumping 49 % over the past five months.

Via Bloomberg