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Honda to close 'mother factory' as it moves to all-electric future

Japanese carmaker's domestic production capacity down 40% from peak

A ceremony was held in December at Honda's plant in Saitama Prefecture to mark the end of production of finished cars at the facility. (Photo by Kotaro Abe) 

TOKYO -- Honda Motor is getting ready to switch off its engines.

As part of a radical restructuring leading to an all-electric future, Honda has cut its domestic auto production capacity to slightly over 800,000 vehicles a year, down by around 40% from its 2002 peak.

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