11/5/2013

Honda hints at new model production in Turkey

Milliyet – Japanese automaker Honda may add another passenger vehicle to its production line in Turkey, according to the Honda Turkey CEO, Hideo Yamasaki.
Speaking to the press at the launch event for the new CR-V model, Yamasaki said that the new generation Civic Sedan, which is being produced in Sekerpinar in the northwestern province of Kocaeli at a rate of 15,000 vehicles per year, is far from fulfilling the plant’s total output capacity of 50,000 units.


“We are considering adding a new model to utilize the remaining 35,000 vehicle per year capacity in our Turkish plant. The feasibility studies are ongoing on whether to add a C segment car like the Civic Sedan or a B segment vehicle. We are in the early stages of the evaluation process and are considering all options.”, Honda Turkey said on expanding the capacity at their Sekerpinar plant,


The Japanese company has been producing the 9th generation Civic Sedan in its Turkey plant since early 2012.


Turkey’s well-developed automotive industry topped the country’s exports in 2012 with a total volume of USD 19 billion. In addition to Honda, several other automakers such as Toyota, Ford, Renault, Fiat, and Hyundai have production operations in Turkey.

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