Honda is to ramp up output of SUVs in China.

Although China's market is slowing this year and was down in May, SUVs continue to sell well.

Honda is reportedly planning to run plants at weekends in order to meet high demand, according to a Nikkei report. It will also add workers, the report says.

According to Nikkei,  Dongfeng Honda Automobile will add a total of 2,200 new workers by July at two plants in Hubei Province making Honda's XR-V and CR-V SUVs.

The plants are already operating above their full annual capacity of 510,000 units, the report said.

 The new staff will ease pressures on the existing workforce and the new workers will eventually be transferred to a new plant due to be added in 2019 – which will have annual capacity of 130,000 cars.

The report added that Honda is doing well in China because it is able to offer lots of configurations from its main SUV lines and hit different sub-segments and market demographics.

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