Husted: Honda's Suspended Shift Reflects Automotive Sales Trends

Apr 22, 2019

The Honda plant in Marysville is planning on suspending a second shift production line. The change will result in a reduced production of about 55,000 cars a year, mostly Honda Accords. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted says this highlights the unpredictable nature of the automotive industry. 

While the Accord saw a slight uptick in sales to start this year, it had a 10% drop in sales in 2018.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted says this move reflects the current trends of the car industry.

“Right now due to the low price of gas, you’re seeing a lot more trucks being purchased and fewer high-mileage, smaller vehicles. That’s just the nature of what’s happening,” says Husted.

Trucks and SUV’s made up 70% of new vehicle sales last year.

Husted notes that this is a trend that could completely flip in the next few years.

Honda’s announcement comes on the heels of General Motors closing its Lordstown plant, which produced the Chevy Cruz.

Honda says there will not be any layoffs but will offer voluntary resignation incentives to its temporary workforce. The company does not provide the number of associates per shift. It says it plans to restart the line in several years.