Honda Motor Co. said that from two days each week from May 9 through July 1 at its North American assembly, transmission and engine plants, its product schedules will be changed. Honda spokesman Ed Miller said that Honda’s number of operating hours and production volume will be the same as it had been since late March.
Honda reduced the daily output at its North American factories on March 30 as a result of parts shortages related to the March 11 disaster in Japan. Beginning May 9, Honda’s plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico will be closed on Mondays and Fridays.
However, production will still be full on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. And there could be up to eight hours of output on Thursdays. Miller said, “It's the same situation," but that with these revisions, the company is more efficient.
He said that before the initial output cuts, Honda had been running two shifts at all of its plants, except for the Greensburg, Ind., plant, which only had one shift. On the off days, workers can choose to stay home without being penalized.
They may also decide to come into the plants for training and nonproduction activities. The scheduled downtime includes previously scheduled holidays such as Memorial Day in the U.S. and Canada’s Victoria Day. Last Monday, Honda said that it will suspend the orders made by dealers in June and July for Japan-built vehicles.
The vehicles affected by this decision include the Fit, Insight, CR-Z, Civic Hybrid, Acura TSX and Acura RL. A small number of CR-Vs are also affected. The release of Honda’s 2012 CR-V sport-utility vehicle has been delayed by a month.
Orders are also restricted due to paint shortages so dealers aren’t allowed to modify allocated colors and trim levels for U.S.-built vehicles. During summer, Honda will restrict the dealer allocations of the redesigned Civic, which started selling in late April.