Honda has experienced a very challenging 2011. The devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the flooding in Thailand have conspired to badly damage Honda's ability to build vehicles here in North America. That should change soon, though, as Automotive News reports that North American Honda plants will be running at full steam by the beginning of December.

Honda's challenges during the Japan earthquake included a badly damaged development center and several plants that were unable to produce the parts needed to build vehicles here in the States. Just as production began to normalize, the Thailand floods caused a shutdown of the automaker's Ayutthaya plant, which reportedly led to a 4.7-percent reduction in output.

With Honda's plants running at full steam, the automaker should be able to satiate demand for new models like the Civic and the 2012 CR-V.


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      sinistro79
      • 3 Years Ago
      I noticed the now discontinued "Element" in the photo. It stands out as the odd ball of the bunch. The Element had a lot of potential and I think it's a shame that Honda decided to drop it. The rest of the cars in the picture just look so...regular.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
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      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool pic. Every automaker should have all their cars line up side by side like this for a picture.
      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't the Odyssey built in North America? I don't see it in the photo.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ryan
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      tipdrip215
      • 3 Years Ago
      I won't be among those in line for one.
      Fazzster
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is actually demand for the "new" Civic?
        g2k
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Fazzster
        Yes, people like fuel efficient, reliable, cheap cars. Who would've thought?
          Rob
          • 3 Years Ago
          @g2k
          They are not cheap G2K. They are more expensive that the superior cars in the C segment they compete with
      Mobis21
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good. Now, they'll finally not have any more excuses for why their sales have fallen off.
        tipdrip215
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mobis21
        And now if only they'll quit denying that they've fallen off and become a shell of the company they once were.
      wanda
      • 3 Years Ago
      You need to go back to your old TV ads, this person doing your ads at this time would not have sold me on a new Honda. I have a 96 that has only about 84,000 miles on it and ONLY gets about 34 to 36 miles per gallon on trips, to at this time I am not interested in a new one, but this person would not for certain make me want a new vehicle. Just had to let you know how I feel. Thanks. I really like my Honda Civic 4 door.
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