Honda nearing full production in U.S. by August

Honda’s American plants look to hit near full speed by August. There has to be a sigh of relief for dealers nationwide as shortages were expected to last much longer.

From the Detroit Free Press:

Honda’s North American factories will return to near-normal production in August, the company said Thursday, much faster than expected following supply disruptions.

The flow of auto parts was interrupted after Japanese factories were damaged by a huge earthquake and tsunami on March 11, or stricken by the power outages that followed. Shortages have affected nearly every carmaker, but have struck hardest at Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp.

Last month, Honda cut production to about half the normal level because of falling parts supplies. It warned dealers of model shortages and said full production might not resume until the end of the year.

But Honda now says that the situation in Japan is improving. Factories can ramp up to full production on a plant-by-plant basis — except for those that build the new Civic compact.


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