Honda Motor has announced its will restore the second shift at its plant in Alliston, Ontario, which will create 400 jobs.
The second shift was withdrawn in February 2009, halving the plant’s daily output from 800 to 400 cars. However, increasing demand for the company’s cars, particularly for the Alliston-built Civic, which is Canada’s best-selling passenger car, has prompted a return to the two-shift
Honda’s announcement comes on the heels of General Motors of Canada’s plan to add a third shift at its Oshawa plant following high sales of GM’s Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain models for the first quarter of 2010.
Honda’s Alliston production plant manufactures the Honda Civic, Acura MDX sport utility vehicle and the Acura ZDX crossover.
It is not only in Canada where Honda is enjoying better production and sales. The car maker’s domestic sales in Japan in February logged its eighth straight monthly increase compared to year-ago levels. Honda sold 83,310 vehicles in Japan in February, up by 52 percent compared to last year. Outside of Japan, Honda sold 201,401 units, up by 48 percent.