The deliveries of newly launched Honda HR-V have been pushed back to August 2023, as recently revealed by Auto Journal. The premium/ on-money has also spiked up to Rs 500,000 for quicker deliveries as demanded by the Honda dealerships.
Earlier in October 2022, Honda Atlas launched the new HR-V in Pakistan priced at PKR 59.99 lac for base variant and PKR 61.99 lac for the up-spec S variant. Booking of the new HR-V was open against Rs 13.0 lac whereas deliveries were supposed to commence from November 2022 on first-booked basis. Later however, customers were told that deliveries have been pushed back by June 2023.
As speculated in our earlier article, the delays in deliveries are due to the supply chain crunch Honda is battling with, rather than an overwhelming response. According to Reuters, Honda has cut back vehicle production by up to 40% at its Saitama plant in Japan and 20% at a factory in Suzuka. These cutbacks will be affecting the production of many of its vehicles including the new HR-V.
In Philippines too, the deliveries of HR-V have been delayed because of “a global parts shortage that continues to hamper production volume” according to a statement issued by Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI). The situation has gotten so bad that HCPI is recommending the people waiting in line for the HR-V to consider the rest of its line-up.
In addition to global supply chain issues, the import restriction enforced by the State Bank of Pakistan are also a major concern. Due to the restrictions on the import of CKD parts, most assemblers are forced to observe plant shutdowns due to lack of required parts in hand. Since the production of currently available models is already hampered, expecting smooth deliveries of a newly launched vehicles is indeed a sheer fantasy.
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