TOKYO -- Honda Motor Co. has halted Accord production at its East Liberty, Ohio, plant -- just a few months after it began building the car there.
Production ended in March. The automaker had previously said it would stop building the Accord at East Liberty some time before the fall of 2006.
The change makes room for pre-production of the redesigned Civic, which is due this fall. The Accord still will be built at Honda's plant in Marysville, Ohio.
Honda in January launched the Accord at East Liberty to raise output at the plant.
East Liberty has capacity for 240,000 units annually but last year built only 190,731 Element SUVs and Civics.
This year, Honda expects to raise East Liberty production to 203,000.
The plant is expected to run at full capacity next year when it begins building a remodeled CR-V.
Honda will shift output of the CR-V for the United States to East Liberty from England.
Meanwhile, a company source said some Pilot SUV production may move from Honda's Alliston, Ontario, plant to its Lincoln, Ala., factory.
Lincoln builds the Pilot and Odyssey minivan. Lincoln will take some or all of Pilot production from Alliston if demand for the new Ridgeline pickup increases.
The Ridgeline is built at the Canadian plant.
The Ridgeline won't move to the Lincoln plant because the pickup requires Alliston's more experienced production operations, according to the source.
The Lincoln plant opened in November 2002.
Overall output there is expected to grow to 280,000 this year, close to full capacity of 300,000.
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