Honda facing production cuts in Japan


Two Honda car assembly lines in Japan will be operating at a reduced capacity from next month, potentially affecting Australian supply of the new Civic hatchback and HR-V SUV.

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Japanese car maker Honda has announced it will cut production by up to 30 per cent in its home market in August, due to ongoing parts supply interruptions.

A report by news agency Reuters said Honda’s Japanese factories are facing a shortage of semiconductors as well as ongoing delays in parts due to extended COVID-19 lockdowns in Shanghai, China.

According to the report, Honda’s Suzuka factory will begin with a 10 per cent production cut from the end of July, followed by a 30 per cent reduction in production in August compared to its original target.

In addition to this, the Yorii factory is cutting production by roughly 10 per cent throughout August.


Australia currently receives two Honda models from its Japan – the new Civic (built at the Yorii factory) and the HR-V (built at Suzuka).

A Honda Australia spokesperson told Drive the production cuts are likely to affect local vehicle supply, although it is unclear what impact the manufacturing slowdowns will have on local vehicle deliveries.

“Any changes to vehicle production in Japan will likely have some flow-on effect to supply for the Australian market, but as the situation remains extremely fluid, we are unable to provide any specific details,” said a statement from Honda Australia.

“Meanwhile, Honda’s purchasing and manufacturing teams continue to monitor the situation around parts and logistics closely, and are working to minimise the impact on production wherever possible.”


The only other Honda models on sale in Australia are the CR-V SUV and Accord sedan, both of which are manufactured in Thailand.

In July 2021, Honda Australia switched to non-negotiable fixed-price sales, recording a 29 per cent decline in deliveries from January to July 2022 and falling outside the Top 10 compared to the opening six months of 2021.

Honda new-car sales were in positive territory in May and June 2022 – posting year-on-year increases – however the uptick has been attributed to a sharp drop in sales in the same months the prior year, in the lead-up to the fixed-price business model.

Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach is Canberra/Ngunnawal born, currently residing in Brisbane/Turrbal. Joining the Drive team in 2022, Jordan has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. Jordan is a self-described iRacing addict and can be found on weekends either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or swearing at his ZH Fairlane.

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