Honda Motor Co. will combine its China-based production planning and vehicle engineering units, to “further consolidate the foundation for developing the electrification business,” the automaker’s China office said this week.
Effective on April 1, Honda Engineering China Co. will be merged into Honda Motor Technology China Co., according to the office.
Honda Engineering China Co., established in Guangzhou in 2004, provides technical support for vehicle production at Honda’s two joint ventures in China.
Honda Motor Technology China, created in Beijing in 2013, oversees the Japanese carmaker’s production strategy planning, according to Honda’s China office.
In 2022, Honda launched sales of the first two locally produced models based on a new electric-vehicle platform known as the e:N Architecture F in China.
The two models, the e:NP1 and the e:NS1, are both compact crossovers.
The e:NP1 is built at Honda’s partnership with GAC Motor Co. while the e:NS1 is assembled at the Japanese carmaker Honda’s joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Group.
Starting with e:NS1 and e:NP1, ten e:N Series EV models will be rolled out in China by 2027, Honda said last year.
In 2022, Honda’s China sales fell 12 percent to 1.37 million amid the pandemic and global semiconductor ship shortages.
Honda hasn’t disclosed EV sales in China last year.