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Honda Slows Accord, Civic Production as Buyers Shift to SUVs

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Honda is slowing production of Accord and Civic cars as U.S. purchasers sustain to favor SUVs and trucks. The Japanese automaker said Thursday that it will for the short term idle a second-shift production line in August at its Marysville, Ohio, assembly plant, in part to get ready the factory to produce future electric vehicles. The shift is expected to resume production in several years.


The line being shut down produces about 55,000 vehicles a year, many of which are Accord sedans, Honda said. Additionally, some production of the CR-V small SUV in Marysville will go to a factory in Greensburg, Indiana, where production of the compact Civic will be reduced.


While production is sluggish in Marysville, Honda will modify the plant's manufacturing ability to get ready for new technology including electric vehicles, Honda said in a statement.


There will be no layoffs, a company spokeswoman said, but Honda will provide voluntary buyouts to some employees.


The reduction also will impact production at engine and transmission plants in Ohio, Honda said.


Sales of the Accord this year are all the way up 4.6% through March but dropped nearly 10% last year. Civic sales are downwards nearly 5% so far this year to 78,185, according to Autodata Corp. They fell almost 14% last year.


CR-V sales, nonetheless, are up 6.4% through March to 87,280. Trucks and SUVs have made up almost 70% of U.S. new vehicle sales this year.


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