• Oct 24th 2006 at 8:03PM
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Apparently there are a lot more Civic-minded new car shoppers than Honda had anticipated. After reporting a 13 percent drop in U.S. sales of the cars last month, Honda Motor Co. is set to increase North American Civic production by as many as 60,000 units annually. Honda will be rearranging assembly-plant operations to make up the difference. A second Alliston, Ontario plant will be used for building Civics starting in April, Honda said Monday. The annual production volume will increase by 16 percent. Pilot SUV production at that plant will begin to be switched over from the Canadian factory to a Lincoln, Alabama plant in February.

"This underscores Honda's flexibility, that they can quickly shift production like this to meet demand," said Michael Robinet, an analyst at consulting firm CSM Worldwide Inc. in Farmington Hills. "They're more likely to see bottlenecks at parts suppliers than in-house capacity bottlenecks from this kind of move."

North American Civic production could hit 440,000 a year. The Civic is currently built in East Liberty, Ohio, as well as another Alliston plant. With the increase, Civics may outnumber Accords in North America, which have been the company's biggest seller in the U.S. for two decades. Honda produced 382,332 Accords in 2005. So far this year, the two are running neck-and-neck: 285,188 Accords versus 284,933 Civics. No word on how much these changes will cost, but Honda has also announced that it would build a $550 million plant in Greensburg, Ind., to make as many as 200,000 small cars a year when it opens in 2008.

[Source: The Detroit News]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Cabforward Design .. MacPherson Strut (touted for safety and no lower cost).

      Why oh why did Chrysler cancel the Neon .. everyone has gone cabforward now. This is what the Neon redesign should have looked like in 2000, but the buyout (takeover) drained all the money away from the project.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Now all Honda needs to do is start ramping up Civic production in Second Life then they can compete with Pontiac and Nissan.
      • 8 Years Ago
      These will look a lot better once they get a refresher similar to the changes the latest Accord had, including new taillights and front bumper cover. This car will get the side vents like most Hondas get during their mid-run refresher, and the lower grille will be narrowed to accomidate the new "vents". Look at the 96-98 EK vs. the 99-00.. same basic car but the 99-00 looks WAY better than the 96-98.. I can't STAND the older ones. The side mirrors are too big on the latest Civic.

      Bring on the 4 door Si!
      • 8 Years Ago
      If you really read the article, Accord sales are dropping as Civic sales are........? The way the article reads, you are left thinking Civic sales are dropping, wish I was able to find a reliable source for sales numbers on both the Accord and Civic.

      In 1989, I bought a new Civic DX 4 door with JUST A/C for $9,000.00. Of course, back then, the manual transmissioned DXs did not come with power steering, power windows, ABS, ANY airbags, and it would be a year before Honda added a passenger door outside mirror, folding rear seat, and tilt steering column. My car was EPA rated for about 33 miles per gallon though I got about 40 pretty consistently. The '07 Civic DX 4 door costs a little less than DOUBLE what my old car cost, is bigger, safer, and has a higher EPA rating. While I'm not crazy about the instrument panel either, I'd probably buy a new one if I was in the market for a new car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If I was on the market of a new compact car this year, my biggest beef with this Civic would be its price... which hoovers somewhere in the mid-sized (4-cylinder) sedan range. For the price of an LX, I can get a Mazda 3 which, IMHO, looks much better than anything in the class, and it has the best engine for that price.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sells drop for last month but increased production:
      Sells of the Civic dropped last month because of the huge sells for the month prior. All of the vehicles in the pipeline were rushed to the customer in the previous months. The current production levels couldn't refill the pipeline. Last month they didn't have enough Civics to sell so they couldn't sell as many. See? It makes sense.

      Production increase in Canada, not in the US:
      The current increase is a result of changing what cars are coming off the assembly line, their is no new investment. They will be making more civics, and less SUVs. This is all in the short term. Now, if you want to talk investment, where is Honda going to build it's next plant? Not in Canada, but in Indiana. That would be hundreds of millions of dollars to build a new plant in the US, and many new jobs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm not surprised. The Accords have moved into entry-level luxury car pricing territory and the Civic is now priced where the Accord once was. Unfortunately.
      • 8 Years Ago
      a little trivia,

      Do you know honda civic are rated one of the top class cars in the Philippines. No wonder Honda is so popular among Asians..
      • 8 Years Ago
      My 07 civic comes NEXT week! I can't wait and I'm glad to be part of the increased demand
      • 8 Years Ago

      For a company which makes 50% of their profit in the U.S. (Honda) it sure isn't showing the love by not making all their cars here (like the two domestics are expected to do).

      At least I know I won't order a Fusion or Impala because they aren't made here so instead I know to order an Aura or a G6 or a Lucerne and it is gauranteed to be made here. If you order your Honda car (Accord or Civic) it may or may not be made in the U.S.

      Kinda throws that import fan-toddler saying a bit off doesn't it? You know, the one about buy a Honda made here or a GM made in Mexico or Canada.

      • 8 Years Ago
      this is still one of the UGLIEST cars on the street, especially that front end.

      but it looks like a high quality piece adn maybe that's what the civic crowd wants,
      myself i'd by a nice used 325 for the money adn have quite a lot more fun and enjoyment
      • 8 Years Ago
      What am I missing?

      Apparently there are a lot more Civic-minded new car shoppers than Honda had anticipated. After reporting a 13 percent drop in U.S. sales of the cars last month, Honda Motor Co. is set to increase North American Civic production by as many as 60,000 units annually.

      To me, this reads:

      Honda didn't realize that the Civic was so popular until their sales DROPPED by 13% last month. And since they are sold 13% FEWER cars it might be a good idea to INCREASE PRODUCTION by 60,000 Civics per year.
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