Honda is shifting production of the Civic Hybrid out of Japan and over to the United States, as part of a plan to boost their Indiana assembly plant.
The Greensburg plant will get a boost in capacity, allowing it to produce 250,000 vehicles per year. The $40 million upgrade will add 300 new jobs, and bring production of the Civic Hybrid to the plant, which currently produces the standard Civic sedan, Civic Natural Gas and the Acura ILX.
Honda’s CEO has mentioned that a strong yen is making Japanese exports unprofitable, and until now, the only hybrid built in North America was the ILX. The addition of the Civic Hybrid should make life a bit easier, but Honda’s financial hurt with respect to Japanese-built hybrids remains. In Canada, the CR-Z and Insight have had their ordering combinations severely restricted. The Insight had one trim level (the LX, with steel wheels and wheel covers) and three color options available, while the CR-Z has two trims with only one color available on the upper trim, and two on the base. US-spec cars, of course, offer much more freedom of choice.