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Honda Taiwan

Honda Taiwan Co. Ltd. (Chinese: 台灣本田股份有限公司), a wholly owned subsidiary of Honda Motor Co. Ltd., was established in February 2002 shortly after discontinuing their local partnership.[1] It started productions and sales of CR-V in January 2003 then expanded to include the Accord (November 2003), Civic (2006), and Fit (2008). On November 11 2008 Honda Taiwan celebrated assembling its 100,000th vehicle.[2] In 2009, Honda Taiwan employed 740 people.[3]

Honda products for the Taiwanese market had been assembled and distributed by local motorcycle manufacturer Sanyang Industrial Co. for 41 years when the announcement was made. Taiwan was where the first overseas Honda automobiles were built, when the N600 and TN360 began assembly in 1969.[4][5] Honda moved to create its own subsidiary in order to "increase competitiveness" and to "reduce production costs."[6] The fact that Sanyang (under the SYM label) had become a successful motorcycle producer in its own right, often competing directly with Honda products, may also have had something to do with the decision.[6] In 2001, their last full year with Sanyang as a distributor, Honda held only a 1.5% market share in Taiwan. In 2007, Honda passed Ford Lio Ho to gain fourth place in the Taiwanese automobile market[7] and for the first six months of 2010, Honda's market share had gone up to 8.3% with the fourth place consolidated.[8]

References

  1. ^ "Honda to Begin Local Production in Taiwan" (Press release). Honda Motor Co., Ltd. 2002-07-10. Retrieved 2010-03-29. 
  2. ^ "生產中心" [Production Center]. Honda Taiwan Co. Ltd. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  3. ^ Honda Annual Report 2009: Corporate Information,  
  4. ^ "SYM History". Sanyang Industrial Co. Ltd. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  5. ^ Honda Annual Report 2009, p. 85
  6. ^ a b Chen, Kevin (January 11, 2002). "Honda to sever ties with Sanyang". Taipei Times. p. 18. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  7. ^ Liang, Quincy (April 6, 2010). "Global Automobile Market Shows Signs of Recovery in 2010". China Economic News Service (CENS). Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  8. ^ Liang, Quincy (September 8, 2010). "New-car Sales in Taiwan Up 3.8% YoY in Aug.". China Economic News Service (CENS). Retrieved 2010-12-13. 


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