TOKYO - Honda Motor Co. Ltd. needs to increase V-6 engine output from its Anna, Ohio, factory, President Hiroyuki Yoshino said.
Tight supplies of V-6s forced Honda to launch its Japan-market Odyssey minivan on Dec. 3 with only a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine. The optional V-6 won't be available until Jan. 21.
'We have to do what we can,' Yoshino said.
He said that any output increase will have to come without additional investment.
That implies that productivity gains will be key.
Demand for V-6s in the U.S.-market Odyssey has left Honda strapped.
Honda began engine production in the United States with four-cylinder engines, but over the past several years demand has risen sharply for U.S.-built V-6s in various products, including the Accord.
This year, Honda has sold 65,875 of the U.S.-built minivans through November. Eventually, Japanese demand for the V-6 powered Odyssey is expected to be about 1,000 a month, out of projected sales of 6,000 a month.