Honda to shift some HR-V production from Mexico to Japan
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Honda Motor plans to build in Japan the two SUVs it sells in the European market in order to boost capacity at its home plants, according to AutoNews. The company expects those exports to cover up the significant decrease in sales at its local market.
The Japanese automaker originally planned to supply the next-generation CR-V for Europe from its plant in Ontario, Canada, starting in September 2018. Honda builds the current version of the CR-V in the United Kingdom.
The HR-V for the same market is built in Celaya, Guanajuato, but production of the compact SUV with European specifications will move to Yorii, Japan, when the model is face-lifted in 2019, revealed AutoNews.
The Mexican facility will continue to supply the North American market. Sales of the HR-V in the U.S. market skyrocketed 35.1% in June to 8,872 units. During the first half of 2017 sales of the compact SUV totaled 46,628 units, up 27.9% compared to the same period of 2016.