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Honda to shift output of large sedan from U.S. to Japan.

TOKYO, June 8 Kyodo

Honda Motor Co. will transfer the production of a large sedan from Ohio in the United States to Sayama, Saitama Prefecture, in mid-June in order to raise the utilization rate of the domestic plant, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported Sunday.

Output of the Inspire, a 2.5- or 3.2-liter sedan, will be shifted to the Saitama plant when it is to be fully remodeled in mid-June, the economic daily said.

The Saitama plant is expected to produce 30,000 Inspires a year, it said.

The Inspire shares many parts with the Accord passenger car being produced at the Saitama plant, so the move will raise the plant's efficiency, the newspaper said.

The move follows Honda's recent shift of production of the Integra coupe from the Saitama factory to a plant in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture. The transfer has raised the utilization rate of the Mie plant, where production of subcompact cars has been slowing.

The automaker has been trying to standardize its production facilities worldwide in a bid to enable auto production transfers within several months and thereby achieve optimum global output.
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Date:Jun 9, 2003
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