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Honda to halt production at UK plant due to parts shortage

Automaker blames COVID-19 for logistics disruptions

The entrance to the Honda car plant in Swindon, England: The Japanese automaker produces cars for the U.K., North American and Japanese markets at the factory.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Honda Motor will suspend most operations at its U.K. plant in Swindon on Wednesday, saying the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed mostly marine shipments, resulting in parts shortages.

The Japanese automaker is working to find alternative shipping routes, including air cargo. It has not decided whether to resume operations on Thursday.

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