June 21, 2011
by CAR Staff
Canadian Automotive Review: JUNE 2011
Honda will increase production volume at its North American automobile plants to a rate of 100 percent of its original production plan in August, for all models except the 2012 Civic.
As the supply of parts from Japan improves, production will ramp-up in August on a step-by-step, plant-by-plant and model-by-model basis, including the 4-cylinder Accord, CR-V and Acura RDX, as well as all V-6 models including the Accord, Accord Crosstour, Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline, Acura TL and the Canadian-built Acura MDX and ZDX.
Production of the all-new 2012 Civic lineup will continue at a reduced rate of approximately 50 percent due to the limited supply of key components. Full production is expected to resume sometime in the fall, with plans to meet anticipated demand for the Civic lineup.
“Throughout this crisis, Honda has been working hard to achieve a speedy recovery, while maintaining a focus on our longer-term plans for continued growth in sales and production. We thank our customers and dealers for their understanding in these challenging times while we resume vehicle production to regular levels as quickly as we can.” said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president of Honda Canada Inc.
Honda has managed the unprecedented parts supply issues resulting from the devastating impact of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan with no layoffs at any of its 14 production plants in North America.
“We are proud of the efforts of our manufacturing team in Alliston, Ontario,” said Chenkin, “and applaud them for the steps they have taken to keep our associates working together as a team during this difficult period, while maintaining their outstanding focus on quality for the customer. We still have challenges to overcome, but once we have normalized operations we will owe them a great debt of thanks.”
Honda Canada Inc has produced more than five million cars and trucks since 1986 at its two vehicle assembly facilities in Alliston, Ontario.