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Honda is continuing to adjust its production schedules in the wake of the March 11 earthquake in Japan, and the shuffling will reportedly continue at U.S. plants as well.

The plan is to run full production shifts at U.S. facilities on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from May 9 through July 1, with a single eight-hour shift added for Thursdays. With the exception of Honda's Greensburg, Indiana plant, all U.S. facilities were running two shifts prior to parts shortages. Workers at these facilities reportedly won't feel the pinch of the abbreviated production schedules either, as they will have the choice of staying home or completing training without a pay penalty.

Honda spokesperson Ed Miller reportedly told Automotive News the reason for the shift is that it's more efficient to run operations that way. The automaker likely won't make any decisions about U.S. production beyond July 1 until the situation is more clear.

On Monday, Honda announced it was suspending June and July dealer orders for the CR-Z, Civic Hybrid, Fit, Acura TSX and Acura RL. Those vehicles are built in Japan, where shortages are still severe. At this point, the Japanese automaker is expecting operations to return to normal production before the end of the year.

This is all very bad news for Honda, and it's bad for consumers as well. It appears that Honda showrooms are likely to be very short on product for an extended period of time.


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      MANARC100
      • 4 Years Ago
      We havent felt the problem yet in america because cars were still coming off the ships and trucking around the county. This will be the last month to have a great selection of Japanesse cars (made in JP or USA doesnt matter). Production is way way down and dealers will simply be running out, raising prices, or most likely both. Anyone that wants a JP vehicle this calander year better go do it or prices will be higher and selection fewer. Could a nice boost for Domestics, Koreans and VW. However, I dont care to see more Korean cars around my town...at least with a world full of camrys and accords no one noticed. A town full of Sonotas is annoying. Im already sick of the styling. Loved it when it came out but for me it got old fast.
        Noz
        • 4 Years Ago
        @MANARC100
        Less cars is a good thing.
      hudkina
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's a solution: Those shopping for a Honda Fit... Buy a Ford Fiesta. Better fuel economy, better technology. Those shopping for an Acura TSX... Buy a Buick Regal Turbo. More HP...WAY more torque! Those shopping for an Acura RL... Buy a Chrysler 300C. 63 more horses in exchange for 1 MPG and all for thousands less... Those shopping for a Honda Civic Hybrid... Buy a Chevy Cruze Eco. A difference of 4 cents per mile, means you'll have to drive a Civic Hybrid 150,000 miles to make up the difference in price even with gas at $5 a gallon. Those shopping for a Honda CR-Z... Well... Is anybody actually shopping for a CR-Z?
        HoyaOne
        • 4 Years Ago
        @hudkina
        When Ford, Buick, Chrysler, and Chevy match Honda in reliability and fun-to-drive quotients, come back and talk to me, hudkina. I had a 1996 Ford Contour. My first new car. LOVED the car, really did. HATED visiting the dealer's service bays at least once every two months. THREE shifters binded-up (funny, the dealer always had one in stock--at a $1,000 bucks a pop). ABS system FAILED at 75,000 miles (and, yes, I dutifully change my brake fluid every two years or 24K). The first week I had the car--in winter--the rear windows FELL into the door cavities (factory forgot to "tighten" the door tracks)! Total joke on reliability and quality. My wife's 2000 Civic, in comparison, has been a bullet train. Only major issue in 11 years and 90K miles was two rear wheel bushings at 75K. Rest has been basic maintenance. My 2010 Subaru Ouback--again, love the car--already has serious rattles that the dealership chalks up to "normal wear-and-tear". It is so unfortunate that the CR-V doesn't have a V6 and that the Pilot is so awful big and ugly.
        tantareanujellob
        • 4 Years Ago
        @hudkina
        "Those shopping for a Honda CR-Z... Well... Is anybody actually shopping for a CR-Z?" Only the blind and the mentally disabled. I'm not sure they're allowed to drive.
          Aaron
          • 4 Years Ago
          @tantareanujellob
          Wow, you are a raging idiot.
        GO MUSTANG
        • 4 Years Ago
        @hudkina
        LOL you sound like a salesman...wonder what dealership you work for???
        Aaron
        • 4 Years Ago
        @hudkina
        lol at hudkina
        NightFlight
        • 4 Years Ago
        @hudkina
        Fit vs. Fiesta = Fit is MUCH faster than the Fiesta and outperforms it nearly every single measurable performance category. It actually has a usable rear seat and its packaging is MUCH more efficient. Don't forget they share the same footprint but the capacity of the Fit is MUCH greater. TSX vs. Regal Turbo = TSX V6 has WAYYY more horespower and WAYYY more torque and beats it 0-60 by almost a second. Want to talk about performance? TSX V6 > Regal Turbo RL vs. 300C = The RL is incredibly dated and isn't a good value at all, BUT material quality in the RL is higher and it has SH-AWD standard. SH-AWD is a system that is far superior to any AWD system that Chrysler offers, and is still one of the very best on the market. Civic Hybrid vs. Cruze Eco = You realize that some people buy hybrids to burn less fossil fuels and don't care about overall cost, right? Please understand this. CR-Z vs whatever = What competition does it have that gets similar city mileage? That's right, nothing.
          hudkina
          • 4 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          And you sound like a Honda fanboy.;)
          • 4 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          [blocked]
          hudkina
          • 4 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          Dude! The V6 TSX is over $35,000! It's not comparable! And of course a V6 is going to have more horsepower than a 4-cyl. Though you are mistaken on the torque. The Regal Turbo has 258 lb ft of torque vs 254 lb ft for the V6 TSX. Granted, when the 4-cyl Regal GS arrives, it will certainly give the V6 TSX a run for its money all while being significantly more fuel efficient. Also, the 300C with AWD is a very capable car, and still far less expensive than the RL. Also, the material quality of the 300C is lightyears ahead of the RL. (I assume you haven't seen the inside of the Chrysler...) The fact that Chrysler is charging thousands less for a car that is signficantly better than the $48,000 RL says something about the intentions of Honda...
        Jac Zobel de Ayala
        • 4 Years Ago
        @hudkina
        Or how about just shooting one's self with alternatives like that?
      artandcolour2010
      • 4 Years Ago
      there is a brand new silver blue Accord sedan, V6, in my town, and I'm surprised to say the lines hold their own among the higher end cars everyone drives around here. The overall shape and angularity, punctuated with the chrome trim on the V6, looks surprisingly upscale. By itself, I'm still not crazy about it.
      tantareanujellob
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm surprised honda still sells cars. Total has been.
        Aaron
        • 4 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        I'm suprised you are intelligent enough to log on and type!
      styxmiko
      • 4 Years Ago
      a very obsolete looking car...this car could not be sold in Europe, not even in the Balkans! How can Americans be so gullible???
        benzaholic
        • 4 Years Ago
        @styxmiko
        Features, reliability, economy, brand reputation, and price. Should people buy a Mitsubishi Galant instead? I think not. There are reasons, both valid and simply inertial, why the Accord is one of the best selling cars in the US. Exterior appearance, which is by definition a subjective issue, doesn't always carry the weight one might hope. For every flopped Edsel there's many years of Aztek or CrossTour.
        Noz
        • 4 Years Ago
        @styxmiko
        Dude...where have you been for the past 11 years? Remember the last two terms of the presidency...and even now? That's how gullible...you feed em sh&t and they'll say thank you.
      Smooth
      • 4 Years Ago
      So out of the 18 nameplates between Honda and Acura, only 5 are made in Japan? Really? I didn't know that and had to verify it. Everything else is made in the States or Canada. That's impressive. More jobs in America is always good. Hopefully things can get better for those in Japan. I couldn't imagine that.
      scott
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just can't get over the reflective strips added to the taillights reminiscent of older Buicks and Oldsmobiles. They add nothing aesthetically or functionality wise.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @scott
        agreed. They look very tacked on as well. just a complete afterthought.
      Rob
      • 4 Years Ago
      Plenty of cars as good or better to choose from if you can't wait a few months. Be assured the Honda dealers will try to pull the $3,000 over sticker crap. If people allow that then the saying " a fool and their money are soon parted" rings true.
      ICantDrive88
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm at my 3 month marker in a new TSX but if they want to buy it back from me, I'd consider an offer :)
        Aaron
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ICantDrive88
        Lucky for you it has a very high resale value, and with dealerships running out and needing more TSX, they will gladly take it from you. I suggest you go get a Chevy Snooze.
      benzaholic
      • 4 Years Ago
      So for at least the next couple of months (through July 1), American Honda workers will collect full time paychecks, but work part time, get training, and/or stay home? Lotsa luck adding a union into that workforce when they already get treatment like this. unless I read the article wrong, or if there already is a union at the Honda facilities, in which case you can all just ignore my ramblings.
        Aaron
        • 4 Years Ago
        @benzaholic
        If the Detroit Mafia pollutes American Honda, they will probably move production to Mexico.
      vaua70
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda better start improving quality on the cars, I have 2008 only having problems. the latest was the power steering pump which was replaced last week and NOT UNDER WARRANTY...I had to pay for it! 20000 Miles only on this car. Front seats leather replaced, Interior door handles, Key remote, radiator, and soon is the driver seat lumber support to be replaced dealer waiting to get the part
      GO MUSTANG
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why not just buy the car you originally wanted?
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