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Thai Honda factory cars start to flow

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    CR-V, Civic, City, Jazz and Accord models are only being built in the three most popular colours.

Dealers will have new Thai-sourced Hondas in stock from June -- but only in white, black and silver.

Honda's Thai production site reopened this month after a massive clean-up to repair and replace equipment damaged during last year's floods.

It is already back at maximum production of 1000 cars a day but the CR-V, Civic, City, Jazz and Accord models are only being built in the three most popular colours. 

The Thai facility accounts for about 80 per cent of the Hondas sold in Australia and, while Honda Australia was quick to source supplies of its Civic and Jazz small cars from Japan, dealerships have been faced with low stock volumes and long delays for specific versions.

Honda Australia managing director Satoshi Matsuzawa says the limited palette has helped speed up the factory's return to full capacity. 

"We have to apologise to customers for the inconvenience to the start-up but by doing three colours we were quicker to get the site running," he says.

Rebuilding the factory was initially expected to take 12 months but a crew of Honda engineers from Japan and the factory stuff removed the silt, scrubbed the blistered paint off the floor and replaced wiring, and equipment in record time.

Aussie-specific models will roll down the refurbished production line in Thailand's Ayutthaya province from April 23 and should be in showrooms from early June.


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