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Honda would love nothing more than to sell a boatload of Civic sedans and coupes. Problem is, there just aren't enough of them to go around. Speaking to Inside Line, Chuck Schifsky, an American Honda Motor Co. spokesman, said:

"Civic sales are down for one simple reason: Low dealer inventory as a result of a shortage of small parts caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake earlier this year, which nearly halted production of the 2012 Civic... This is a supply problem, not a demand problem. There just aren't any Civics on dealer lots."

Not only did the earthquake and tsunami in Japan cause production problems, the current flooding in Thailand "will cause another delay in production," says Schifsky. In other words, if you're in the market for a new Civic, you'll likely find yourself waiting for a while.

It's also worth mentioning that we've heard reports that public response to the 2012 Civic has not been the resounding success Honda had hoped for, leading to the possibility that a refresh of the compact will come sooner rather than later.


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      tbudgirly2k
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow all these years I have been working at Honda and wasn't even aware that buying and selling these cars wasn't in the good old USA. I guess working in Marysville Ohio is a forign country.....I work for Honda of America mfg so yes people these cars are indeed made in the good old USA so maybe ya need to do some research before posting a comment.The car itself isn't the issue it some of the parts that come from Japan and why not give credit to Honda of America for creating thousands of jobs righ here in Ohio?
      WAR HERO
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't care how many problems American cars have! They're still better than the unsafe junk being dumbed on us by the Japanese and Koreans! If you paid me to drive an Asian car, I throw the money in your face. I'd rather be push an American car than ever been seen dead in a car made by the Koreans or Japanese!
      Oceanblue78
      • 3 Years Ago
      The title should read...Honda says 2012 Civic sales are "virtually zero" lol. What a turd. I have never been a Honda fan, but come pon Honda guys and gals, you know this is the Cavalier of Civics from the first time it came to the US to now. The interior is a complete pile of garbage, and the car just looks cheap. Ford may be having their problems, as I have had with my 12 Focus, but I would take the Foucs over that heap any day!
        Smooth
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Oceanblue78
        Focus sales are lower than the Civics.........it's down by 30,000 YTD. So Focus sales should be "zero" then right? Since Civics are "virtually zero"?
      Randall Parker Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I work at a Honda dealership in NJ and I can provide some information and clarification. Honda supply is down across the board just as is supply of many other Japanese-sourced automaker's cars. My store has around 30 Civics on the ground right now but we are a high volume store and are used to having closer to 80. Keep in mind, the Civic comes in Sedan and Coupe and in each we have DX, LX, EX, EXL and Si Trims. And we have 7+ colors available. So even with 30 cars, when someone has a budget for a base model (LX), that reduces their options to maybe 6 cars, then they don't want a coupe, now we're down to 2 or 3 and then people have their own tastes for color. AND to make matters worse, with the recent flood in Japan, we're expecting even tighter inventory in December and January. Dealers are prone to charge list or closer to list price for the vehicles right now as a precautionary measure but the other side of the coin is that DEMAND isn't super strong for the 12 Civic to begin with. There's a ton of competition in the small car class. I think it goes to show a REAL LOT about Honda buyers being the most loyal in the business because even with short supply and a non-frontrunner for product popularity, we're still #1 or #2 in sales last month. The 12 Civic is an improvement over the 11 in my opinion but I'm sure a big supply of new 13 models next summer or fall will tap into a wealth of Civic deals on people who were waiting for the deal to sweeten up.
        Smooth
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Randall Parker Jr.
        The best comment of this whole article. No questions asked.
        Griffen W
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Randall Parker Jr.
        And now you're goin to get downrated by the anti-japan crowd because you've offered an informative and insightful comment.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Randall Parker Jr.
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Holy crap! Is it a full moon? Because this is the 2nd troll that I despise, but I agreed with.
        tipdrip215
        • 3 Years Ago
        Columbianricer with a big plus rating on a comment he made? Hell must be freezing over!
      MarlonJBT2
      • 3 Years Ago
      Local Honda dealer has tons of 2012 Civics. They aren't moving and I haven't seen many on roads. I call BS. The new Civic sucks, deal with it Honda. Stop making excuses.
        TheStagg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MarlonJBT2
        well moron there are many civics on the lot for a reason its on hold for customer pickups or the trim level, colour, etc doesnt match what the customers want, etc. as much as i am disappointed with the redesigned civic, the anti japanese and pro american comments are out of hand
          TheStagg
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TheStagg
          i call bs too .. so youre saying all 5 different variants with at least 3 models with 5 trim levels... and on top of that more than 7 choices of colours all of them in dealer stock? yes it's no longer the best compact out there but its still a reliable piece of metal that non enthusiasts and loyal customers will still buy ... christ you make me sound like im paid by honda
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TheStagg
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          TheStagg
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TheStagg
          the cruze was first introduced as a daewoo ... go back into the kitchen please
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MarlonJBT2
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          Basil Exposition
          • 3 Years Ago
          Again none... My local Honda dealer - Crest Honda of Nashville, Tenn has 46 2012 Civics sitting on the lot My local Chevrolet Dealer - Carl Black Chevrolet of Nashville, Tenn has 14 2012 Cruzes on the lot
          Basil Exposition
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Austin Do you really think every dealer in every market must have one of every model variant in order to be sufficiently stocked? 46 may be "really really" low in LA, but not in Nashville. You may think 46 is "really really" low, but when you look at the local competition's lot and and see they have only 14 of their c-segment vehicle, you'll see that 46 is actually "really really" high.
      Ed
      • 3 Years Ago
      Keep lying, Honda. We all know the truth. The Cruze and Focus are without question superior cars to your piece of ****!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ed
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      Carlos
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Civic is a piece garbage. If you have more than half a brain, I see no reason to buy one.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        How about explaining how it's a piece of garbage rather than saying it is?
          Carlos
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          If you think the newest Civic isn't a complete pile of junk, you need to have your head looked at.
      sinistro79
      • 3 Years Ago
      I own a Honda and I recently took my car to the dealership for service and there were rows on new civics lining the lot. There was only one couple there who seemed to be in the market for a new car. I don't think that there really is a shortage of these cars. The real reason Honda can't sell any is because the Civic is quickly losing its place as a top-rated, popular commuter car. Design is down, pricing is no longer competitive, and Honda refuses to advertise this particular vehicle at all. They are doing it to themselves.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
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      Jack
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man, this place is a dump! Where the hell's Sophia? She probably could find her babydaddy here.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jack
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      Eddy Bobby
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Civic and the Corolla are easily the worst two cars in their class. The Cruze and Focus are easily the best.
      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      Their sales are taking a hit, but Honda shouldn't be worried. American automakers are giving us some very, very good cars, but I don't think they will be for long. Just look at the comments being posted by the UAW thugs on AB. If people this crazy are building their cars, and with Bob King (You know, the guy that looks like a Pedo?) leading them, I can't see how they could continue for long. If the Union thugs wish to keep this up, I think It shouldn't be long before American automakers start seeing the UAW Eff everything up again.
        TBN27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chris
        Unions didn't drew up the companies. It was management all the way. They are the ones that cut corners on product manufacturing and engineering. Also did poor financial decisions.
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