Following the news about the production cuts in North America, Honda will probably need to postpone the commercial debut of the new Civic as well because of the consequences of the recent Thai floods. Apparently, several suppliers of the Japanese carmaker based in Thailand have been heavily affected by the tragedy and will not be able to deliver the goods on time to Honda’s plant in Swindon, UK, where the new Civic will be assembled. The first models were supposed to be delivered in January, but logistic issues and delays will force Honda to postpone that to February, at least.
It is clearly a serious issue for the Japanese manufacturer as Civic and Jazz make up the core of its sales in Europe. In 2011 the current version of the Civic suffered a 30% sales decrease, and Honda was expecting to sell at least 100,000 units of the new version in 2012.
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