Thai Hon­das are back

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By CRAIG DUFF

DEAL­ERS will have new Thai-sourced Hon­das in stock from June— but only in white, black and sil­ver.

Honda’s Thai pro­duc­tion site re­opened this month af­ter a mas­sive clean-up to re­pair and re­place equip­ment dam­aged dur­ing last year’s floods.

It is al­ready back at max­i­mum pro­duc­tion of 1000 cars a day but the CR-V, Civic, City, Jazz and Ac­cord mod­els are only be­ing built in the three most pop­u­lar colours.

The Thai fa­cil­ity ac­counts for about 80 per cent of the Hon­das sold in Australia and, while Honda Australia was quick to source sup­plies of its Civic and Jazz small cars from Ja­pan, deal­er­ships have been faced with low stock vol­umes and long de­lays for spe­cific ver­sions.

Honda Australia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Satoshi Mat­suzawa says the limited colour pal­ette has helped speed up the fac­tory’s re­turn to full ca­pac­ity.

‘‘We have to apol­o­gise to cus­tomers for the in­con­ve­nience to the start-up but by do­ing three colours we were quicker to get the site run­ning,’’ he says.

Re­build­ing the fac­tory was ini­tially ex­pected to take 12 months but a crew of Honda engineers from Ja­pan and fac­tory staff fixed the site in record time.

Aussie-spe­cific mod­els will roll down the re­fur­bished pro­duc­tion line in Thai­land’s Ayut­thaya prov­ince from Mon­day and should ar­rive in early June.

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