Honda Motor Co. is extending the suspension of its North American auto, engine, and transmission plant operations through the end of April, as efforts proceed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the necessity of protecting its employees, the automaker cited stay-at-home orders preventing consumers from purchasing new vehicles. "As a result, Honda must continue to suspend production in order to align product supply with a lack of market demand," according to a statement.
Honda first closed its North American plants on March 23. The plants in Celaya and El Salto, Mexico, will resume production on April 30. Plants in U.S. and Canada will resume production on May 1.
The Honda of South Carolina Mfg. Inc. plant that produces powersports products (ATVs and side-by-side vehicles) is idled through May 1.