Honda warns of Civic shortage due to production cuts

Honda Motor Co. is warning U.S. dealers that it will run short of several popular models this summer due to parts shortages after Japan earthquake.

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DETROIT – Several Japan-built models in Honda Motor Co’s vehicle line-up, including its Fit and Civic Hybrid cars, will be in short supply until later in the year due to auto parts shortages from Japan.

Additionally, the launch of Honda’s 2012 CR-V crossover will be pushed back by at least one month, Honda said in a statement Monday.

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The automaker also said production of its 2012 Civic will be “significantly reduced” through at least the summer months.

“Due to the limited parts supply from Japan, Honda will bring in only a very limited number of Japan-built vehicles for the remainder of the year,” the company said in a statement.

Those models include the Honda Fit car, CR-Z coupe, its Insight and Civic Hybrid, as well as the car and wagon version of the Acura TSX and RL sedan.

Nearly two months since the massive earthquake in Japan, the global auto industry is still struggling to obtain key auto supplies ranging from transmissions to paint.

Certain colors of vehicles remain in short supply due to a shortage of the Xirallic paint pigment that gives paint a glittery sheen, Honda said.

Honda is looking for a suitable replacement for such paints or to reconfigure its model line with alternative exterior paints, the automaker said.

The Wall Street Journal earlier reported details of the launch delays.

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