2012 Honda CR-V Delayed in Japan Quake Aftermath

May 2, 2011

A replacement for the current Honda CR-V crossover will be delayed, as Honda struggles to regain parts production in earthquake-ravaged Japan.

The Wall Street Journal says Honda will push back the launch of the 2012 CR-V by at least one month.

Honda has said it would produce the new crossover beginning later this year; U.S. versions are built in Honda's East Liberty, Ohio, plant. However, parts shortages are still cascading through the car company's system, leading to cuts in production--and the unusual move of stopping new orders for affected vehicle lines until later in the year.

Other vehicles affected by the production problems are the Civic, CR-Z, and Fit, as well as the Acura TSX and RL.

The new CR-V could be delayed until the end of the calendar year, the WSJ report suggests, but Honda is prepared to build the current-generation vehicle until it can retool for production of the new model.

In the same report, the automaker is said to be moving some CR-V production from Japan to Canada in 2012; at the same time, Honda will shift production of the Acura RDX from Marysville to East Liberty, Ohio, and in two years, will transplant its Acura MDX crossover from an assembly line in Lincoln, Alabama, to one in Canada.

[Wall Street Journal]
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