Honda has ceased production at its Greater Noida facility and therefore the Civic and CR-V will be discontinued with immediate effect
Honda Cars India has announced that it will try to make its local operations more efficient for a sustainable future and therefore a number of steps are being taken. The Japanese manufacturer will cease production at its manufacturing facility in the Noida area, leaving the Tapukara plant in Gujarat as the only facility for the global auto major, which largely relies on City and Amaze sales.
Due to the statement about the cessation of production at the Greater Noida plant, the Civic Executive Sedan and the CR-V Premium SUV will be discontinued. As a result, Honda’s domestic portfolio includes only four models: City, Amaze, WR-V and Jazz. The Tapukara plant has a total installed capacity of 1.8 lakh units and is used to meet the requirements.
It is worth noting that the production of the fifth generation Honda City, which went on sale a few months ago, has already been relocated to Tapukara and employs around 5,500 people. Sales of the Civic and CR-V have ceased with immediate effect and it’s a shame given the hype the tenth generation Civic sparked on its revival after six years in March 2019.
In addition, the Civic led its sales segment for the most part for the past year and a half. Last year, Honda pulled the plugs on Accord and the BSVI versions of the longstanding Jazz without major updates were introduced in August 2020 in a total of three trim levels: V, VX and ZX. The WR-V has been in business since March 2017 and has received a decent reception from domestic customers.
With increasing competition in the compact SUV segment and lack of presence in the midsize SUV space, Honda has to consider introducing new products as City and Amaze are the only sales drivers each month. Honda cited new investments to keep producing the Civic and CR-V and decided against it. Even so, the brand says it will continue to invest in new products.
The discontinuation of the Civic and CR-V is sparking new speculation that Honda might launch the next-generation HR-V in India sometime next year. This will come in handy when competing with midsize SUVs, and Honda’s image as a premium player could come in handy there.