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Despite opening dozens of overseas plants in the past several decades in locations all over the globe, Honda Motor Co. has not expanded its car manufacturing capabilities in its home market of Japan since opening a facility in Sayama back in 1964.

But all of that is set to change this July when Honda opens the doors to a new assembly plant in Yorii, about two hours north of Tokyo. According to Bloomberg, the new facility has a projected annual capacity of 250,000 vehicles. The plant is part of the automaker's reorganization efforts, plans that include scaling back its older Sayama plant and bringing Yorii online with more efficient and innovative technology. There are additional benefits, too, as the Yorii plant is expected to create 3,800 jobs, both on-site and at its suppliers, and boost the local economy as other businesses ramp up to accommodate the influx of new workers.

While the automaker has not released specifics about which models will be produced at Yorii, Honda is expected to consolidate production of models including the Fit, a best-seller in its domestic market.


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      bbblehead
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good. Keep "it" and the cars they build over there.
        GR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bbblehead
        Please. It's Japanese build quality and reliability that got many Americans on the road for longer and cheaper. Honda is also one of the first "import" brands to open a factory in the US to create American jobs. You people never can wrap your heads around that, can you? Remember, freedom is choice. Most Americans would rather choose to buy the best for their money, regardless of where it is built. This creates competition and forces companies to do better. We have finally started seeing better products from the Big 3 since they felt the spurs of bankruptcy.
          fine7760
          • 1 Year Ago
          @GR
          If Japanese cars are so good why aren't there many Japanese Classic Cars? The answer is they are built as throw away. They will not last past their estimated useful life. I was required to drive a Toyota Prius one day as my Ford Taurus company car was in the shop for an oil change. It was a gutless wonder and entering the freeway was a heart stopping event. Clue, traffic on freeways travel at 65 mph plus in the early morning and that piece of junk could not reach 65 by the end of the on ramp. Why did I have to wait 24 hours to get my Taurus back? The shop is always backed up with Prius needing repair, not just oil changes.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @GR
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        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bbblehead
        Someone's jealous that their car can't run 300,000 mi with regular maintenance......
      redwingirish
      • 1 Year Ago
      Staty away from honda! They don't honor their warranties!
      BUCCSFAN
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have always had faith in Honda and Honda products. In fact I bought nothing but Honda cars and a van. That has now changed. There was a issue with their transmissions that went on for several years. I had to fight with Honda to get a rebuilt transmission for my 2000 Odyssey and it is starting to give me problems once again. Consumer Reports no longer rates Honda as best buy for their mini-vans. I will now be looking at Toyota which now rates higher.
      Deborah
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thanks I will keep my 14 year old Ford Ranger - I bought it in 2000 - it was a fleet truck and had regular maintenance and had 147,000 miles on it at that time. It now has about 225,000 and she still purrs. I can't see myself driving anything else. I have kept up the maintenance and have had only one major problem which was the air conditioner - that was fixed last year. Over all, this is the best vehicle I have ever owned. Keep your Honda and Toyota - I love my truck!
        Paul
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Deborah
        Good for you. no one said anything about Ford here, nor anyone cares about your vehicle history. This is an article of a plant opening in a foreign country.
        Logan Wild
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Deborah
        My 2007 Honda Fit has 100,000 miles and still getting over 30MPG. Outstanding car for the $$... If your Ford Ranger was so great why did they stop making it? Also your truck has zero safety features.
        chromal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Deborah
        My 15-year old Honda Civic hatchback has 225K on it, is still running on the factory clutch. Not to one-up you, but, overall, this is the best vehicle that I have ever owned. Keep your Ford or Chevy-- I love my Honda!
      calderasf
      • 1 Year Ago
      So they'll close an older plant and build a new one seems not to be really a new new plant good spin.
      John Murphy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Only one eighth of Honda employees are American. . So don't say they sell and build here . 6/10 th of G.M employes are American .
        fine7760
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John Murphy
        Honda's and the other imports are not built here, they are assembled after receiving all the parts from Japan, Korea and China. On top of that the government gives them tax incentives and UAW negotiates contracts that are not as good as those it negotiates with the big three.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @fine7760
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      jnbcressy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why not \"Fatherland\"?
      huisj203
      • 1 Year Ago
      By consolidate, that means just for the Fits sold in Japan, right? Because isn't Fit production for North America moving to Mexico soon to cut costs?
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