Honda to move India production to Indonesia; New model coming soon

Jerrica · Mar 16, 2021 09:28 AM

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Indonesia’s Minister of Industry (Menperin) Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita revealed that Honda will be committing to a larger presence in Indonesia up to 2024. The company will increase its investment in the archipelago by IDR 5.2 trillion (RM 1.49 billion) and will be relocating its production in India to Indonesia.

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Menperin Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita

The revelation came after the minister visited Honda’s Japan HQ about implementing strict health protocol in Tokyo, Japan.

"Honda has committed to increase investment up to 2024 of around Rp. 5.2 trillion. This is included in the development of new models to be developed in Indonesia. We will continue to encourage expansion activities in Indonesia," said the Minister of Industry when holding a virtual press conference of Japan quoted from Antara, Thursday, March 11.

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Agus Gumiwang also revealed that Honda has plans to export the new model the brand will be developing in Indonesia to 31 countries, including Malaysia. The model will be produced only in Indonesia.

The investment that Honda is putting into Indonesia also includes expanding its automotive component export. Currently, Honda exports components made in Indonesia to 9 countries including Thailand, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, and more.

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Autonetmagz also reports that Honda hinted at plans to develop electric vehicles in Indonesia. This doesn’t come as a surprise since Indonesia has made a very aggressive commitment towards an electrified future.

At the moment, Honda Indonesia (Honda Prospect Motor) is still making up for the lacklustre year they had in 2020 with the launch of the all-new Honda City Hatchback.

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Honda City Hatchback in Indonesia. Credit: Autofun

If you’re surprised that Honda is relocating from India to Indonesia, Honda isn’t as popular in India as it is in South East Asia. Autonetmagz observes that, like Indonesia, Honda in India was also hit badly during the pandemic.

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Jerrica

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There isn’t a time in memory that doesn’t involve staring at cars. After discovering the excitement of watching Schumacher vs Hakkinen, Formula 1 became a major part of life. The love for cars and F1 ultimately led to a job with CAR Magazine. The untimely death of the magazine meant a hiatus from cars at lifestyle women’s magazine Marie Claire before another opportunity came knocking again.

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