Honda is to idle its Swindon, UK, car plant for two months next year as part of a global production cutback that it has announced ‘in response to a dramatic change in the global automobile market’.

In addition to the 32,000 units production adjustment between December 2008 and March 2009 that had previously been announced, production at Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd (HUM) will be lowered by a further 21,000 units by the cessation of production for two months during February and March.

The measure takes 29 days’ production out and is on top of 13 non-production days already announced.
Total automobile production in the UK plant (which makes the Civic and CRV ) for the current fiscal year, which was originally announced as 228,000 units at the beginning of the fiscal year, will be adjusted to 175,000 units, Honda said.

The company said there are no plans for redundancies.

Honda also said on Friday it would cut car output in Japan by 40,000 vehicles bringing planned domestic production to 1.278 million units in the business year to March 31, or down 1% from last year.