Honda Cuts Odyssey, Pilot Production, Boosts Civic

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Honda, concerned about a glut of Odyssey minivans and brand-new 2009 Pilots sitting on dealer lots, has elected to trim production of the larger vehicles in favor of increasing production of the new 2009 Civic. The drop will equate to about 10,000 units combined at the Lincoln, Alabama plant, and the resulting plant downtime will be used for employee training and maintenance. What, no layoffs? Come on, throw GM a bone. At least send someone home early with half-pay.

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Lincoln is also getting some new product to make up for Odyssey/Pilot decreases, as Honda Ridgeline pickup production will be consolidated there from Alliston, Ontario. The Ontario plant will then concentrate on cranking out more Civics.

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Jalopnik Snap Judgement: Honda has one thing going for them the U.S. automakers don't have — a lineup that includes a wider variety of small, fuel-efficient vehicles. Boosting Civic production is the right move at the right time. But, how far over the "comfort line" is Honda with Odyssey/Pilot supply? Automotive News claims, as of July 1, they have a 78-day supply of Odysseys and a 99-day supply of Pilots. The company wants between a 45- and 60-day supply. In contrast, the F-150, one of the vehicles hit hardest by the truck slowdown, had about a 104-day supply. In other words, Honda screwed up its production forecasts almost as much as Ford. USA! USA! [Automotive News (Sub. Req.)]

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Rob Emslie

Help Me Honda

Well since our sales are down I've been out doin' in my head

Odysseys on the lots, people look at them as though they were dead

Well, Honda's all look so fine (look so fine)

And I know it wouldn't take much time

For you to help me Honda

Help me get 'em off of our lots

Help me Honda

Help, help me Honda

Help me Honda

Help, help me Honda

Help me Honda yeah

Get 'em off of our lots

The Pilot is all new

And we thought that the people would pay

But then gas cost too much

And now we can't give them away

Well, Honda give us something to sell (something to sell)

'Cause your dealers are going through hell

You gotta help me Honda

Help me get 'em off of our lots

Help me Honda

Help, help me Honda

Help me Honda

Help, help me Honda

Help me Honda

Help me Honda yeah

Get 'em off of our lots

Apologies to Brian Wilson