Gujarat is set to become the country's major car making hub in two years. The state expects to actually leave behind car manufacturing states like Haryana, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu with an installed capacity to roll out 10 lakh units annually.
Major players like General Motors and Tata Motors are already in Gujarat while the Sanand plant of Ford Motors will be commissioned soon.
Suzuki Motor Corporation launched its Rs 3,000 crore plant at Hansalpur last week. The Halol plant of General Motors in central Gujarat is expected to produce 1.10 lakh cars a year and Tata Motors' Sanand unit could rustle up 2.50 lakh units. The Ford plant has announced to produce up to 2.40 lakh units in a year besides 2.70 lakh car engines. To begin with, Suzuki's Hansalpur plant would produce 1.50 lakh cars a year starting May 2017, upgrade it to 2.5 lakh and then the optimum of 7.5 lakh units depending upon the market.
Gujarat government officials had claimed that Honda Cars is also considering setting up a plant in the state with a capacity to manufacture 1.10 lakh units. A senior bureaucrat said, "From around 6 lakh units (including Ford plant) at present, Gujarat will a have car manufacturing capacity of 10 lakh units a year in the next three to four years. This could even touch 15 lakh units or more by 2020 as existing plants are expanded and more companies set up units."