LOS ANGELES -- Honda Motor Co. has extended North American production cuts by an extra week through April 22, with additional adjustments expected after that, due to shortages of Japan-sourced parts.
Honda reduced output up to half at most of its North American assembly plants on March 29, primarily by running shifts for four hours instead of eight. As of yesterday, the cuts in output were scheduled to last through April 15. Vehicle output at Honda's plants in Japan has been shuttered since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
John Mendel, Honda's U.S. sales boss, told dealers about the extension in a memo today. Honda also posted the update on its Web site today.
In the memo to dealers, Mendel also said that Honda retailers would be unable to modify the trim or color of vehicles included in June vehicle allocations "due to the need for stable production planning."