of America Mfg. Inc. says it will move all Pilot cross/utility vehicle production to its Lincoln, AL, plant in February to free up capacity to build 60,000 more Civics annually in North America.
“We have been challenged to keep up with record customer demand for our lineup of fuel-efficient cars and trucks,” Dick Colliver, executive vice president-AmericanMotor Co. Inc., says in a statement. “Our flexible production system is a wonderful tool that enables Honda to better meet the demand of our customers and dealers in an efficient and timely way.”
Honda will begin building the Civic in April at its Alliston, Ont., Canada, Plant 2, which the auto maker says won’t increase current production capacity of 390,000 units annually.
Alliston already makes Civics at Plant 1, but this will mark the first time Plant 2 also will build the car. Plant 2 currently produces the Honda Ridgeline compact pickup truck and Acura MDX CUV.
Honda already builds the Pilot at Lincoln, as well as the Odyssey minivan. Both vehicles were first built in Alliston. Shifting the Pilot to Lincoln will return the plant to its 300,000-unit annual capacity, Honda says. Some 66,083 Pilots and 155,213 Odysseys have been built this year in Alabama, according to Ward’s data
Sales of North American-built Civics in the U.S. were up 11.4% through September, Ward’s data shows. Pilot sales have risen 17.4% in the period.