honda-to-construct-test-track-thailand

Honda Motor Company has announced its intentions to establish a dedicated test track to further aid its research and development (R&D) efforts conducted by the Bangkok-based Honda R&D Asia Pacific (HRAP) arm. Said facility will be constructed to the tune of 1.7 billion baht (RM207,738,388) and will eventually sit on an 80-hectare land area in the Rojana Industrial Park in the Prachin Buri province in Thailand.

When completed in 2017, the facility will enable Honda to test its development mules under “various aspects on different kind of tracks which simulate real road conditions and terrains in different parts of the world.” Aside from four-wheeled vehicles, the track will also be used by Honda to test its motorcycles and other power products, as well. It will be the second facility of its kind outside of Japan, after the US.

“Honda places the highest importance on research and development. This new test course will contribute to the ability to develop attractive and affordable vehicles for our customers in this region much faster and more effectively,” commented Fumihiko Ike, chairman and representative director of Honda.

“We must reinforce our product lineup and the enhancement of our R&D activities will be even more important for that. Honda is committed to making its products more competitive for both the Thai market and for the world, with Thai local component parts and infrastructure, with Thai R&D facilities, and with Thai engineers,” added Noriaki Abe, president and CEO of Asian Honda Motor.

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