Together with local partners from Dongfeng, Honda will open a new production facility in China to meet the increasing demand for its vehicles.
The facility will be built on a 1.2 million square-meter plot acquired, which is located approximately 8 km (5 miles) southeast of their first factory within the Wuhan Economic & Technological Development District. Following a 3 billion yuan ($435 million) injection, it will have an annual production capacity of 120,000 units, by the time it will become operational in 2019.
Honda has yet to announce what cars will be put together in the new plant, but states that it will be designed with a concept to accommodate production of electrified vehicles, as these are expected to face an increased demand in the People’s Republic, over the next few years. With the addition of the latest factory, the joint venture’s overall annual production capacity will increase to 600,000 units.
“Honda sales in China is going strong and annual unit sales for 2016 is expected to reach 1.2 million units. The Chinese market has potential for further development and growth. In order to continue meeting such strong demand, Honda will introduce its highly attractive products equipped with leading-edge technologies to the Chinese market ahead of other markets around the world and deliver joys to our customers here in China“, said President, Chief Executive Officer and Representative Director of Honda Motor Co, Takahiro Hachigo.