TOKYO May 22 Honda Motor Co (7267.T) said on
Thursday it was seeking Chinese government approval to double
production capacity at its local joint venture plant with
Dongfeng Motor Corp (0489.HK) to 240,000 vehicles a year.
That would bring total capacity in China for Japan's
second-biggest automaker to 650,000 units a year. Honda has
another car-making venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group and a
50,000 cars-a-year export-only factory.
A Honda spokesman said production capacity at the Dongfeng
Honda factory, which builds the CR-V and Civic models, would be
raised some time in the next two years, as long as there was
demand in the market.
Honda sold 422,311 cars in China last year, up 31 percent
With the planned expansion in China and other new factories
announced by the company, Honda's global production capacity
would reach 4.8 million cars in 2010, Chief Executive Takeo Fukui
said on Thursday.
Honda has said it expects to sell more than 4.5 million cars
globally in 2010, a figure Fukui said was "conservative".
(Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim)