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Honda Shuffles Civic, CR-V Production


2009 Honda Civic

2009 Honda Civic

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While other automakers are shutting down plants in record numbers, leaner manufacturers like Honda are shifting production and altering output of various manufacturing facilities in order to meet shifts in the market. For example, because it wishes to build more CR-V crossovers at its East Liberty plant in Ohio, Honda will end production of its Civic at that plant early in 2009 according to Automotive News.

A new plant in Greensburg, Indiana, as well as one in Alliston, Ontario, will take up production of the Honda Civic sedan, which has seen sales numbers soar as Americans have turned toward smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles in the midst of uncertain economic times and fluctuating oil prices. Honda spokesman Ed Miller explains: "With the freed up capacity in East Liberty, we will be able to increase CR-V production significantly."

CR-V sales fell 5.5 percent in September compared to the same period from 2007, a total of 158,024 sales. While this is down, it is a far less painful story than some of the sales declines seen in the SUV market as of late, even at competitor Toyota whose RAV4 saw sales declines of 19.1 percent in the first nine months of 2008.

The silver lining for Honda is its Civic sales, which are up 12.1 percent through September: 285,715 thus far for 2008.--Colin Mathews

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