Slow EU sales responsible for loss of 800 positions at Honda’s Swindon plant.
January 11, 2013
by ASSOCIATED PRESS
CANTON, Miss. — In global automotive industry news, Nissan Motor Co. will assemble its Murano crossover vehicle in its Mississippi plant adding 400 jobs, but Honda is cutting 800 jobs in Britain.
Canton plant manager Dan Bednarzyk says Nissan will add 400 jobs to its current total of more than 5,000 in late 2014. Nissan wouldn’t say how much it will spend to start making Muranos there. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says the state isn’t offering additional incentives.
Nissan now makes the Murano in Kyushu, Japan. Canton will be the only worldwide assembly location.
It would be the eighth model for the plant north of Jackson. Nissan already assembles the Altima and Sentra sedans, Armada and Xterra SUVs, Titan and Frontier pickup trucks and NV vans in Canton.
Nissan officials say they will also create a route for contract workers at US plants to become full-time Nissan employees.
But low demand for Honda’s vehicles in Europe is prompting the Japanese automaker to cut about one in four jobs at its UK factory.
Honda Motor Europe says poor sales due to the region’s economic crisis are behind the loss of 800 positions among its 3,500-member workforce in Swindon. The plant makes the Civic, Jazz and CR-V models.