Honda to Double Capacity in Brazil with New Plant

Honda to Double Capacity in Brazil with New Plant

The facility will produce Fit-class compact vehicles and employ 2,000.

SAO PAULO -- Honda (IW 1000/40) plans to build a new assembly plant in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo with an annual capacity of 120,000 units, the company said.

The $430 million facility, to be located in the city of Itirapina, 125 miles northwest of Sao Paulo, will become operational in 2015 and will double Honda's annual output capacity in Brazil to 240,000 units.

The Japanese auto giant is currently producing 120,000 units a year at its existing plant in the city of Sumare, also in Sao Paulo state.

The Itirapina plant, which will employ roughly 2,000 people, is to churn out Fit-class compact vehicles which are in high demand on the world market, the statement late Wednesday said.

"As the world's fourth largest automobile market, Brazil is a very important market for Honda's operations in South America," said Masahiro Takedagawa, president of Honda's Brazilian unit.

Honda, which began production in Brazil in 1997, currently employs 3,500 people in Latin America's leading economy.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2013

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