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Honda to close India plant, denting country's manufacturing push

Automaker trims output by 40% as COVID hits car sales

Production line employees work on a Honda Mobilio car at the automaker's plant in Greater Noida. The plant, which opened in 1997, will be closed.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Honda Motor will trim India output of four-wheel vehicles by 40% and close one of its two manufacturing plants there.

Sales in the South Asian nation have been hammered by the coronavirus pandemic, forcing the factories to operate at less than full capacity. By consolidating production under one roof, the automaker aims to increase efficiency.

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