2012 Honda CR-V Could Face Delays Due To Thai Flooding
Flooding in Thailand has forced Japanese automakers to trim U.S. production as factory shutdowns affect global supplies. The latest casualty may be the 2012 Honda CR-V, which is slated to hit dealerships in December. Though the CR-V is assembled in Japan, supply shortages mean it "could potentially be delayed by several weeks," Honda said in a statement. Starting Wednesday, Honda will trim production at its U.S. plants for at least a week, depending on the situation. The news comes on the heels of Toyota announcing a week of cutbacks to its North American plants due to the flooding.
"There are some electrical components that we anticipate a shortage of [in] parts" from Thailand, Honda spokesman Jeffery Smith told us. "We believe that will result in a delay of the CR-V launch, but we're not sure how long that will be."
The current U.S.-market CR-V comes from Honda's East Liberty, Ohio, plant, with "some limited quantities" coming from Japan and Mexico, Smith said. He wouldn’t say if the next generation will come from the same locations.
Nissan and Mazda spokesmen told us their U.S. supplies remain unaffected. We haven't heard back yet from Mitsubishi. Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra told reporters she hopes production in flooded factories will return in three months, but Honda's now-flooded Thai plant could be offline for six months, said a report via Reuters from Japan's Nikkei business newspaper.