Honda Tells Dealers May Orders On Hold

MIAMI (CBS4) – South Florida Honda and Acura dealerships have received word that the company is suspending May orders for their Japan-made vehicles due to the recent earthquake and tsunami.

Honda Motor Co. said Friday it expects to resume production in Japan on Wednesday. But it said in the e-mail sent out Honda and Acura dealers a day earlier that it can’t guarantee when production will return to full capacity.

Typically, dealers order cars six weeks in advance.

More than 80 percent of Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. are made in North America.

Models sold in North America but made in Japan are the Fit, CR-Z, Civic Hybrid, Insight, Acura TSX, Acura RL and a small number of CR-Vs.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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