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Honda adding 2,200 staff to accelerate Chinese SUV output

Working weekends will help joint venture's plants meet demand surge

WUHAN, China -- Honda Motor will soon begin turning out more sport utility vehicles in China as its sales in the country reach record heights, running key plants on weekends with the help of new staff until another factory can be brought online.

Dongfeng Honda Automobile, a 50-50 joint venture of the Japanese automaker and China's Dongfeng Motor, will add a total of 2,200 new workers by July at two plants in Hubei Province making Honda's XR-V and CR-V SUVs alongside models such as Civic sedans. The plants are already operating above their full annual capacity of 510,000 units. Now, they will be able to stay open through the weekend as well.

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