EAST LIBERTY, Ohio, U.S.A. — Honda Motor Co. Ltd. is coming as close as any automaker to a much-sought after manufacturing efficiency paradigm with its nearly simultaneous all-new Civic launch that it claims is the industry's most ambitious. Production of the seventh-generation '01 Civic has just begun in all of Honda's main production facilities, including its plant here, which supplies some 230,000 of the projected 330,000 units designated for the U.S. market this year. The major ...

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