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Honda said a 'strip-frame' is the key to the Civics new global architecture. The point of the 'strip-frame' is to allos for faster assembly and maximum parts sharing between Europe (swindon), NA (alliston) and Japan (suzuka), where the three facilities manufacturing Civic are located.

We have a different method of putting the new Civic together because we are standardising models across the world, said Jim Harris, purchasing boss at Honda UK Manufacturing.

"It’s the number of welds and the parts commonality," he added.
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just-auto understands that engineers at Swindon have worked with global suppliers - one significant company in particular - to increase parts volumes on the main components which has significantly reduced the cost of manufacture.
its the part following that I like. Sounds like it may be easier to get foreign parts, say you fancy some fripperies from Japan ;)
 

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Yes, these will be some great times for owning a Civic with the ease of getting parts along with what pricing could be with the various sources we'll have for getting them.

Importers will be happy :D
 

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Yes, these will be some great times for owning a Civic with the ease of getting parts along with what pricing could be with the various sources we'll have for getting them.

Importers will be happy :D
Or individuals on the forums.
 

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Yes, these will be some great times for owning a Civic with the ease of getting parts along with what pricing could be with the various sources we'll have for getting them.

Importers will be happy :D
Maybe, or Honda could ice most of them by offering their own distribution channel through dealers. Lets be serious, no one is going to major league modify the 10 like we see EG's and EK's
 

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Maybe, or Honda could ice most of them by offering their own distribution channel through dealers. Lets be serious, no one is going to major league modify the 10 like we see EG's and EK's
True.

Honda doing that would be great. Get them directly from the source and possibly pay less and don't have to wait nearly as long.
 

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So this manufacturing process should be cheaper for Honda than before. I wonder if that means they will pass on a bit of those savings to consumers, or are they just going to keep the savings to make some extra profit.

No matter what the pricing looks like, at least ordering parts for whatever reason should be happening much quicker.
 

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They'll only pass on savings to the extent of a greater motivation, like undercutting the competition to look better on paper and in publications then parade that as passing on the savings to you.
 

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So this manufacturing process should be cheaper for Honda than before. I wonder if that means they will pass on a bit of those savings to consumers, or are they just going to keep the savings to make some extra profit.

No matter what the pricing looks like, at least ordering parts for whatever reason should be happening much quicker.
Well the 'savings' don't need to be passed on in a price cut per se. The change saved on construction can then be poured back into the car content wise. Say Honda saves $10 per car (an example beacuse the number is easy) would you not rather them spread that $10 out on better plastic, better switches, etc... instead of simply paying $10 less for your car? I would!
 
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