Honda North American Production to Reach 100% in August for Most Models

TORONTO, May 26, 2011 /CNW/ - Honda today announced plans for the accelerated recovery of its auto production in North America following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Honda will increase production volume at its North American automobile plants to a rate of 100 per cent 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, with production returning to 100 per cent of the original plan, 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 per cent due to the limited supply of key components.  However, this situation continues to be evaluated and full production is expected to resume sometime in the fall, with plans to meet anticipated strong demand for the fuel-efficient Civic lineup.

"We are pleased to see a positive turnaround represented by this significant improvement in our production situation," said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president of Honda Canada Inc.  "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 in order to meet the growing needs of our customers.  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."

Honda has managed the unprecedented parts supply issues that resulted 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. was founded in 1969.  It has produced more than 5 million cars and trucks since 1986 at its two vehicle assembly facilities in Alliston, Ontario, including the popular Civic Coupe, Sedan and Si models.  Honda Canada has invested more than $2.6 billion in Canada and sources nearly $1.1 billion in goods and services annually from Canadian suppliers. In 2010, approximately 95 percent of the Honda and Acura vehicles sold in Canada were produced in North America.

SOURCE Honda Canada Inc.

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Laura Heasman (905) 888-4586


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