Just-Auto is reporting that Honda will cease UK production of the Jazz (aka our Fit)
“to benefit from production economies of scale and fully [use] Honda’s global production resources”.
So, where are they going to come from?
Of the seven countries that currently produce the Fit, Just-Auto suggests that Fits built in China and Japan are the most likely candidates. But with such a strong yen, it would make little sense to end domestic production of the Jazz and import it from such a locale.
What if Honda is going to send Fits to the UK from Mexico? Honda’s UK plant provided the Jazz for Europe, alongside China and Japan. While the UK and Mexico don’t have a free-trade agreement, there is one with the EU, and that’s prompted Audi and other manufacturers to choose Mexico for plant expansion.
Honda’s UK plants will begin producing the Civic exclusively, while their Mexican factory is scheduled to start cranking out the next-generation Fit in 2014 – right when the new European Civic models are set to be introduced, alongside an all-new Jazz. Good timing, isn’t it?