Honda's flexible manufacturing allows building Civic and trucks on same assembly line



    TORONTO, April 4 /CNW/ - As part of a North American plan to increase
production of the fuel-efficient Civic, Canada's top-selling car the past nine
consecutive years, and to demonstrate Honda's ability to match its flexible
manufacturing capacity with market demand, Honda Canada has added production
of the Civic sedan to Plant 2 at the Honda of Canada Mfg. facility in
Alliston, Ontario. The Civic sedan will now also be produced on the same line
as the Honda Ridgeline pickup truck and Acura MDX luxury SUV.
    "This opportunity allows us to take advantage of our flexible production
system, a resource that allows us to efficiently meet the demands of our
customers and dealers," said Jim Miller, executive vice president, Honda
Canada, Inc.
    As one of the most fuel-efficient car companies in North America, Honda
is meeting demand for its popular Civic models in a timely fashion with
increased production capacity by up to 60,000 vehicles on an annual basis.
    Production of Civic Sedan models has been added for the first time to
Honda's Plant 2 production in Alliston, Ontario, which has produced only light
truck models since opening in fall 1998. Plant 1 in Canada currently builds
Honda Civic sedans and coupes and the Acura CSX sedan. The added Civic
production capacity will maintain Alliston's current annual production of
390,000 units.
    Honda Canada Inc., is increasing its contribution to the Canadian economy
by adding a third manufacturing facility in Ontario that will produce up to
200,000 fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engines in 2008. The new plant increases
Honda's commitment to Canada by an additional CDN $154 million and 340 new
jobs.

    Across its entire portfolio of products, Honda Canada provides Canadians
with dependable vehicles, motorcycles, power equipment and marine engines.
With 130 manufacturing facilities in 29 countries worldwide, Honda attracts
nearly 20 million customers annually. Honda Canada manufactures the Honda
Ridgeline pickup truck, Civic coupe, Civic sedan and Civic Si coupe, and the
Acura CSX sedan and MDX sport-utility vehicle at its two plants in Alliston,
Ontario.


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