Bangkok, Thailand – Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co. Ltd. has announced that production has begun at the company’s second newly-operational auto plant, built adjacent to its existing plant in Ayutthaya province, Thailand. Honda is Thailand’s second-largest manufacturer and exporter of passenger cars.

The new plant will employ an additional 2,200 workers, and double the company’s annual production capacity to 240,000 units.

“With this second plant, our Thai operations advance to the next stage,” said Fumihiko Ike, president and CEO of Asian Honda Motor Co. Ltd. “This means not just providing high quality products to global markets. Our operations here will enhance their responsibility as the leader plant in Asia to provide technical support to other plants across the region. With the rapid changes occurring around the world, our operations in Asia will play a greater role than ever.”

The first model that rolled off the assembly line was a Honda Accord. The plant will also build the Civic, CR-V, Jazz (sold in North America as the Fit) and City. Honda began operations in Thailand in 1996 and sold about 64,000 vehicles in the first nine months of 2008, a 33 per cent increase over the same period in 2007.

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