TOKYO – Honda will shift production of the CR-V from Swindon, England, to one of its US plants in Ohio when it redesigns the SUV, probably in 2006.
The Swindon plant will add diesel-powered vehicles. It will start assembling a diesel version of the CR-V for sale in Europe early next year and a diesel-powered, redesigned Civic in early 2006.
Honda has not decided which Ohio plant – Marysville or East Liberty – will get the CR-V. Production volume of the SUV in Ohio also is uncertain.
The shift is part of a production increase in the US.
The company is adding a Honda SUV, the Ridgeline, in 2005, and a new Acura SUV in 2006. Acura is Hondas premium-car division.
Honda forecasts that its global sales this year will rise 8 percent to 3.4 million. By comparison, Toyota expects to sell 8 million vehicles this year.