Fit/Jazz (Honda)

Oct 25, 2021

On October 23, Apollo Tires Ltd, launched the premium European brand, Vredestein in India. The Vredestein brand of tires will be manufactured at the state-of-the-art facilities in India and will cater to the premium and luxury segment in passenger cars, while the two-wheeler tires from the brand would cater to the growing super biking segment in India. The tires being introduced in the Indian market has been tested across major tracks in Europe and India and has also achieved podium positions in various automotive magazine tests in Europe and the US.
Vredestein is entering India with tires sizes of 15” to 20” in the passenger vehicle segment. While Vredestein Ultrac Vorti would cater to the luxury sedans like Mercedes, BMW, Audi, JLR and Volvo, Vredestein Ultrac would cater to the premium hatchback and sedans like Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Baleno. The two-wheeler tires, Centauro NS and ST, will cater to super sports range of motorcycles like BMW, Ducati, Aprilia, Triumph, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda and Yamaha. Apollo Tires would be selling Vredestein brand of tires in the replacement market initially; it would leverage its association with global OEMs to have Vredestein ultra-high-performance tires as OE fitment.

Apollo Tires Ltd press release

Oct 22, 2021

Honda's Brazilian factory in Sumare will end production of the Civic in November, with suppliers notified that they will not receive parts orders in December.
This will also mark the end of vehicle production at the Sumaré plant, which from 2022 will only maintain engine production.
Honda's vehicle assembly lines in Brazil will be transferred to the new Itirapina plant, which was inaugurated in 2015 and has been producing the WR-V since 2019.
In its different generations, the Civic was produced in Brazil since 1997.
In Brazil, it has already been confirmed that the Civic will continue on sale, but only the Civic Si sports version imported from Canada.
Until further notice, Honda will keep the current Fit and WR-V in production in Brazil.
In addition, the new generation of the City will be manufactured at the Itarapina plant in 2022.
Honda believes that the new City will be able to meet the demand of some Civic customers, although also assumes that most of them will migrate to the SUV segment.
(multiple sources on October 19, 2021)

Oct 19, 2021

On October 14, Honda announced it is going to open a Voluntary Dismissal Program (PDV) in its car plants in Sumaré and Itirapina to reduce the number of vehicle assembly workers it now has.
The two plants combines currently have around 3,000 workers.
Honda attributes the decision to downsize staff to uncertainties caused by the global semiconductor shortage, low sales in the Brazilian market, and completion of moving production from the Sumaré plant to the new Itirapina plant, which began in 2019 and will be completed this December.
The Sumaré plant, where Civic, City and Fit were assembled, will be responsible for the production of engines, vehicle development, employee training, parts distribution and administrative headquarters.
The Itirapina plant, which has manufactured the WR-V, HR-V and Fit, will take over responsibility for all vehicle assembly operations in Brazil.
Inaugurated in March 2019, the Itirapina factory was closed for three years after construction was completed, done with an investment of BRL 1 billion.
(multiple sources on October 14, 2021)

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