According to Bloomberg, Honda has delayed the release of the next-generation CR-V as a result of supplier constriction brought on by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear tragedies in Japan. The report says that the 2012 Honda CR-V will debut a month later than originally anticipated, though that model won't be the only vehicle in the Japanese automaker's stable impacted by the events. Bloomberg also notes that the recently unveiled 2012 Honda Civic will see limited production for the next few months, as well.

Honda also announced that it will begin production of the CR-V at the company's Alliston, Ontario manufacturing facility while continuing to build the vehicles in East Liberty, Ohio as well.

Like most Japanese automakers, Honda says that full-scale production won't resume until late 2011 as the rebuilding process continues. Toyota recently announced that the company's operations have been cut to 50 percent capacity and that it doesn't expect to see full production again until December at the earliest.




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      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      If it was lacking in sales it ight be a concern, but since it continues to lead the market - a one or even three month delay wouldn't cause Honda any problems
      Smooth
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really wish the people in Japan affected by this tragedy can get back on their feet ASAP. Lives and property were lost in Japan and then I read comments about "Hyundai, Chevy and Ford can capitalize on this". Give me a break. Are you that heartless? Gonna kick a man when he's down to raise yourself up? Really? Is that what this world has come to? The almighty dollar has driven people to this foolishness? Good cars sell regardless of schemes and plots, hence why cars from those companies are selling. Yes I know they're all business and want to make money, but at what cost? The right way or the wrong way?
      Autoblogist
      • 3 Years Ago
      These days I'm about as excited over Honda releases as I am about herpes.
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        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        The CR-V is a huge POS? Wait a second, I'm not the biggest fan of Honda and I respect Dodge but let's clear some things up here: - The CR-V has placed ahead of the Journey in EVERY SINGLE comparison test its ever been in from a major automotive publication. - The CR-V has much, MUCH better residuals. The Journey actually has rather poor residuals for its class. - The CR-V is MUCH more reliable according to JD Power, Consumer Reports, and TrueDelta. - The CR-V is the best selling SUV in America, period. It has held this claim for almost six years in a row now. - The CR-V's ownership satisfaction rating puts the Journey's to shame. - The CR-V gets better gas mileage mileage, far better actually. While I appreciate your enthusiasm for your vheicle, let's get the facts straight next time.
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          Mel @ aWingThing.COm
          • 3 Years Ago
          Lol, the Journey is one of the most boring, piles of crap on the road. At least if you would have said something like a Sportage SX people could have taken you seriously.
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          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          I run Group Two at Summit Point and VIR, I've been offered a position as an instructor for FATT/HPDEs at SP but I'd rather spend time with my family. I have a dedicated track vehicle in addition to two other DDs. I've already started driving, guy.
      steelechris
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will anyone even be able to tell the difference if they just labeled a 2011 model as a 2012?
      Master Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      The way Honda is doing it's redesign, I dont think anyone will really notice the difference. I'm sure they are also interested in seeing how the new Ford Escape will debut and maybe try to benchmark that...oh never mind...yeah it'll be the same as before just have a different year on the window sticker...
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      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Godspeed to the recovery efforts in Japan. I was actually supposed to visit Tokyo, Sayama, and Hofu for a two week long business trip in mid-May. Its been postponed until July. The disaster is literally effecting EVERYTHING in Japan, everyday life isn't even the same yet.
        Tone
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        No comment on the CR-V...not a fan. However, I wholeheartedly second the good wishes for Japan's recovery. I too was in the process of scheduling a trip to Japan (for my first international vacation), and it originally was to occur this summer. Not so much now... Still going, just not sure when at this point. :(
        poopoohead100
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        My brother was just there for a month from mid March to mid April. He said that as long as you aren't near the nuclear disaster site, everyday life is pretty normal. He was in Osaka , Kyoto, and Nagoya, and people just go about their lives like any other day. It's by no means a small disaster, and I wish them the best, but the picture of the entire Japanese nation crumbling is just media exaggeration. It's kind of like how people will call me to see if I'm OK in San Francisco when LA has an earthquake.
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @poopoohead100
          My boss was in Tokyo when the quake happened, he said it was pure chaos even 48 hours after the quake. I know it isn't like the media portrays it to be (is it ever???) but life really hasn't 100% returned to normal. Buildings and structures still have unrepaired damage, people are still missing, and in Northern coastal Japan life is still far from normal.
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          poopoohead100
          • 3 Years Ago
          @poopoohead100
          I think you guys are misinterpreting me. I'm not trying to belittle the situation, and I never said that the devastated areas and northern coastal Japan are fine and dandy. I'm just saying that people outside the disaster zone are still going through everyday life and seem confident that they'll recover from this.
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        NightFlight
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        I'll just essentially copy and paste what I've posted below in response to this fool calling the CR-V junk. - The CR-V has placed very well in EVERY SINGLE comparison test its ever been in from any major automotive publication. It has won MANY, beating out these "other great products". - The CR-V has the best residuals in its class. - The CR-V is bulletproof reliable according to JD Power, Consumer Reports, and TrueDelta. - The CR-V is the best selling SUV in America, period. It has held this claim for almost six years in a row now. - The CR-V's ownership satisfaction ratings are at the very top of its class - The CR-V gets great gas mileage, even if it has an "old tech" motor and transmission. I hate uninformed trolls.
          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          @ Shiftright Typo, meant to say overbite. AB, are we STILL not allowed to have an edit button to go along with the ugly new commenting system???
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          @NightFlight
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          Shiftright
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          True, it's a great car. Still ugly though. That C-Pillar is awful and looks like the daylight opening was pasted from another car. The grill has so much stuff going on to just make up a weird overbite too. Ugh
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      Mel @ aWingThing.COm
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's incredible how if anyone says anything negative about Honda on here people get all defensive. I expected more out of readers of this site.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mel @ aWingThing.COm
        Have you even read the moronic comments yourself???? "CR-V sucks", "Japan sucks", "horrible vehicle", "it will be the same as before", "The Civic is a total POS that just got worse with age. I hope it dies a painful death." It is NO WONDER why they've been voted down, all they are is ignorant, biased troll hatred. Come on man, you should clearly be able to see why yourself.
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          @NightFlight
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          Mel @ aWingThing.COm
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          @NightFlight
          I haven't owned a non-Japanese car since 1999, but the products that Toyota and Honda have been releasing have not been up to par with what they used to. In the 90's dang near everything they came out with was class leading in economy, interior, styling, etc etc. It's not the 90's anymore and the domestics and Koreans have been doing their homework. I mean, lets face it, the Civic, Accord, Camry, and Carrolla are all fine vehicles and will sell on their names alone. But they have been far from class leading in quite some time. The Acura line-up is an abomination of vehicle styling. Toyota hasn't released a car with a soul since the FJ, and that never really went over all that well. Nissan I think has done a far batter job at re-inventing itself. The 350z/370Z and GTR do a lot for brand identity. The infiniti line-up has been well fleshed out. The EX hasn't sold very well, but it's kind of in an odd place. Mitsu...well I don't think I really even need to say anything about them. I'm not biased. But the US and Korea have been making for more strides over the last 5 years the Japanese manufacturers have. And that is showing in the sales. Look how much Ford, Chrysler (I have no idea how still), GM (Buick especially), Kia. and Hyundai's market shares have increased. 10 years ago, NO ONE would have put money on this shift happening.
          poopoohead100
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          I don't know which reviews you're referring to but the ones that I've read seem to all say that it loses its playful driving dynamics even though it can reach higher objective limits. Motor Trend "While some of Gen 8's small-car charm -- the immediacy of the steering, the detailed sense of the road -- has been lost with Gen 9, the end product is nonetheless superior, offering higher dynamic limits, better fuel economy, and improved comfort and on-road manners." Car and Driver "Modifications to the electric power steering include a slower ratio and a rack that is more rigidly mounted. Compared to its predecessor, the new Civic turns into corners with less authority, which adds to the car’s larger feel. The electric power steering is very numb, providing less feedback than before....Drivers who relished the small-car—almost sports-car-like—personality of the Civic might be disappointed." Autoblog "Still, we can't help but feel that the springs and dampers are a little on the soft side in sedan guise." Granted I haven't read every single review out there. I just get the feeling that this is the general consensus. If there are more insightful reviews on the new Civic, I'd be happy to read them. I know I'll need to test drive one to really see, but for now, no one seems to say that it's as fun to drive. If there's something you know that I don't, then enlighten me.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mel @ aWingThing.COm
        @ poopoohead100 Who ever said the Civic was as soft as the Corolla??? You've literally copied and pasted what you said before. Go drive a Cruze and the '12 Civic back to back and YOU tell me which one has better dynamics and which one is more engaging to drive comparing the lower trim lines. The Cruze is only mildly entertaining when you add expensive option packages to get you the larger wheels but it is still saddled with ridiculous amounts of weight for a C-segment vehicle. I don't think that Honda is fully intending to compete with the MS3 and WRX with the Civic Si. The Si is MUCH more mild and is aimed at a buyer who wants respectable performance and decent fuel economy.
          poopoohead100
          • 3 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          I copied and pasted because no one responded. Anyway, I'm not trying to say that the Civic is now as soft as a Corolla or Cruze. I'm trying to say that it's a step in the wrong direction. The Civic used to stand out because of it's sporty personality, and I respected that because you don't expect that in the C segment. Everything that's lost in the new Civic according to the reviews is what I loved about Hondas. It's what made Hondas quirky, charming, and most of all, different! If they take that away from the Civic, it's going to be more similar to other cars, which is bad for enthusiasts. We get a more boring car, while Honda rakes in the dough. Keeping it sporty won't even hurt their sales. Previous generations sold through the roof. If it is toned down, it only serves to hurt us.
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        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        Honda makes offensive cars? I'd venture to say it is the exact opposite. Also, given that they have three models that were in the top 10 most vehicles sold for 2010, I don't think people are embarassed to drive them either. Don't forget that their minivan is also one of the best selling in its class.
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