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Milestones: 100,000 Honda Civics in Indiana

The compact Civic is the sixth best selling vehicle in the U.S.

by on Feb.26, 2010

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Celebration of a long time best seller in the U.S.

Workers at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana have produced the 100,000 Civic model since the plant opened in the fall of 2008.

The compact and fuel efficient Civic was the sixth best selling vehicle in the U.S. in January 2010, and was up 12% in sales for the month when compared to last year. It is a perennial best seller in the U.S.

Currently, Honda operates one shift with approximately 1,000 “associates” at the Greensburg plant, producing Honda Civic Sedan and Honda Civic GX, the only natural gas vehicle built in America that is not a conversion.

Engines for the Civic Sedan are built at Honda’s engine plant in Anna, Ohio.

The first Civics destined for export were shipped last fall from the the plant. (Click here.)The 2010 model Honda Civic Sedans are now on  sale in Mexico, as well as 22 Latin American and Caribbean nations and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Guam and Saipan.

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HMIN is Honda’s seventh auto assembly plant in North America, and one of 14 major Honda manufacturing facilities in North America, with two more currently under construction in North Carolina.   (more…)

Honda to Export Some Civics from Indiana

Civic sedans en route to Latin American and Caribbean nations.

by on Sep.21, 2009

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The Civic GX is the only dedicated natural gas vehicle from a major automaker in America.

The first Civics destined for export were shipped last week from the new Honda Manufacturing of Indiana plant (HMIN).The 2010 model Honda Civic Sedans will go on sale in Mexico, as well as 22 Latin American and Caribbean nations and U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Guam and Saipan.

HMIN is Honda’s seventh auto assembly plant in North America and one of 16 major Honda manufacturing facilities in North America, including two under construction in North Carolina.

The Greensburg plant was dedicated in November 2008 just as the global Great Recession was taking hold after the collapse of Lehman brothers. Cutbacks at Honda production facilities ensued.

In its last quarterly report ending this past June, Honda’s global automobile sales totaled 766,000, a decrease of 20% from the same period last year. In Japan, unit sales amounted to 128,000 thousand units, the same level compared to the same period last year due mainly to favorable sales of Insight and Freed despite weak demand in the market. Vehicle sales outside of Japan decreased 24% to 638,000 from the corresponding period last year, due mainly to decreased vehicle  sales in North America.

To cope with the drops  in the U.S., Honda scheduled downtime, mostly Fridays off, late last year and into the summer this year. Inventories are now lower, partly as the result of Cash for Clunkers, which spurred small car sales and helped Civic and Accord models. Honda is now beginning to schedule some overtime production on Saturdays at its plants in Ohio and Alabama.

Unlike other manufactures, Honda did not eliminate any shifts or close plants during the past year. In fact, Honda has never laid off a full-time person in North America since it was the first Japanese maker to begin manufacturing operations here (of motorcycles) in September 1979. Car production followed three years later.

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In general, Honda hourly associates during the Great Recession were given the choice of coming to work on non-production days and be paid for training and/or doing maintenance work; or they could use a vacation day and get paid; or they could stay home and not get paid.

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