More than 4000 cars, most of them Mobilio, damaged due to paint fumes from an adjacent factory under construction

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Most of the affected cars are the Honda Mobilio

On a rather separate front, Honda Cars India is facing a weird situation with almost half of their cars manufactured at the Greater Noida plant have been damaged by paint fumes from an adjoining factory which was being painted last month. The factory which was being painted was under-construction. This has resulted to a stop in vehicle dispatches from Greater Noida and Honda dealers in turn will have to face the brunt of this. This has also left a large number of cars piled up in the factory’s inventory.

The Greater Noida plant in Uttar Pradesh has an annual manufacturing capacity of 1.2 lakh cars, with vehicles like the Brio hatchback, Mobilio MPV and CR-V SUV manufactured there. This means that customers who have their orders coming from this facility will have to wait a little more longer to receive their new cars. The exact number of cars affected are not known but a few sources are saying that more than 4000 vehicles have been damaged. To minimize the loss and cost incurred due to this incident, Honda India is seeking the help of experts to handle the situation.

Paint fumes coming from an adjacent industrial factory directly damaged the Honda cars parked in an open stockyard ready for dispatch. The paint fumes have formed spots over the chrome, roof top and plastic bits of the affected cars. A majority of the vehicles damaged constitute the Honda Mobilio that was also the worst affected. The factory which is undergoing construction is an electronic component supplier to big Korean manufacturers.

A company spokesperson mentioned that the affected vehicles will only be dispatched after the necessary steps are taken to rectify the damage caused and also to maintain HCIL’s stringent product quality standards.

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Update – Honda has clarified that production of cars hasn’t been affected. Only one batch was affected and wasn’t dispatched. Regular production and dispatches are in full flow.