Some Hondas are in first rate provide, whereas others are tougher to search out – significantly if you’d like a hybrid or high-performance mannequin.
Non-hybrid variations of each Civic hatch and HR-V small SUV are sufficiently plentiful, Honda says, as is the CR-V medium SUV.
Nonetheless, the Civic e:HEV LX and HR-V e:HEV L hybrid fashions are topic to supply instances of roughly 9 months from order.
Worse-affected is the “extraordinarily widespread Civic Kind R“, with Honda conceding some wait instances for this mannequin are anticipated to be as much as 20 months, thereby extending into 2024.
This demand for the firm’s lauded pocket rocket comes regardless of a value rise to $72,600 drive-away, seemingly a minor obstacle at worst.
“The automotive trade continues to expertise manufacturing points together with provide chain and the worldwide scarcity of semiconductor elements,” the corporate mentioned.
“This impression is going on all through the automotive trade and could also be evident throughout a variety of different shopper items and manufacturing sectors. Honda Australia is just not immune to those exterior points.”
Like Mercedes-Benz, Honda Australia makes use of an ‘company’ enterprise mannequin whereby it controls nationwide stock and units the costs, with sellers serving and handover factors and facilitators of check drives – and dealing with upkeep.
This theoretically provides the corporate correct perception on wait instances, no matter the place you’re.
Honda Australia can be anticipated to launch a brand new SUV mannequin this yr referred to as ZR-V, which can sit between the HR-V and CR-V, the latter of which itself is nearing alternative by a new-generation mannequin. The present Accord will proceed in Australia for a while but.
Honda Australia has additionally made a number of adjustments internally, with Toshio Kuwahara assuming the place of president and CEO of Asian Honda Motor Co. Ltd, and head of the newly fashioned Asia and Oceania Regional Unit.
Honda Australia bought 14,732 vehicles in 2022, down 19.1 per cent. It completed nineteenth general, between Audi and Volvo Automobile. When the corporate moved to its new distribution and enterprise mannequin, it forecast round 20,000 annual gross sales – one-third of its 2007-era peak, however with higher margins.
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