The earthquake and tsunami that recently hit Japan has left The Big Three standing in a lurch, and all Japanese automakers are still assessing the impact the natural disasters have had on specific vehicle model lines. There is, however, good news on the Honda front. The Big H has reported that inventories of both the Honda Fit and the Honda Civic are "good" and that no shortages of the Honda Civic are expected.
"Of the two [Fit and Civic], only Fit is import-only for the U.S.," wrote Edward K. Miller, Senior Manager News and Industry Relations, Honda North America in response to a query from Inside Line. "We make the Civic in 13 countries, including two assembly lines in Alliston, Ontario and another in Greensburg, Indianapolis, so supplies are adequate and all (North American) plants are running."1
That said, Honda has temporarily stopped taking orders from U.S. dealers for Japan-made models. Elaborating on their decision to temporarily freeze U.S. orders, Honda said, "We will fulfill existing orders as quickly as possible but, as a contingency, we have decided not to open up May production to the computerized dealer ordering system at this time. If there are any unfulfilled existing dealer orders at the start of May production, we will fill those first and then allocate remaining production to dealers. This step is simply a cautious move to ensure that we can fulfill all dealer orders in the most timely manner."2
Well, at least we know that Honda Fit and Civic consumers have nothing to worry about at this time. Manly Honda Santa Rosa located at 2750 Corby Ave Santa Rose, CA 95407 will let you know if this forecast changes and promises to keep you up to date on any possible shortages of other Honda models.