Honda will halt production of the 2018 Accord at its Ohio plant for 11 days over the coming four months.
A Honda spokesman revealed to Automotive News that the production freeze will take place due to slow U.S. sales and burgeoning inventories. Those working at the Marysville plant will work non-production jobs or take the 11 days off.
Production will be paused for two days each month from April through June and during a five-day extension of the annual summer shutdown at the plant in July.
“We’re adjusting production at our automotive facilities regularly, up and down.
“This is just really business as usual and we’re adjusting production down to match the market condition at this moment,” the spokesman said.
On March 1, Honda Accord inventory levels stood at 104 days. Honda dealers assert that one of the reasons for the slow sales is a lack of attractive lease offers.
It’s just a sign of the times
When we drove the 2018 Honda Accord last year in Hybrid guise, we discovered it to be very impressive. Not only is it efficient but it also delivers impressive handling and comes complete with an impressive 472.9 liters of cargo space.
Despite being immensely appealing, the simple fact that the Accord is a sedan drastically hurts its appeal in the current market.