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Dongfeng Honda to add 2,200 employees to boost China output

Honda Motor Co.’s joint venture with China’s Dongfeng Motor Corp. plans to hire 2,200 workers this month to boost vehicle production and keep pace with fast-growing sales, the Nikkei news agency reported.

The new employees will allow the partnership to maintain weekend output, according to Nikkei.

Dongfeng Honda has 10,000 employees. With sales rising, employees are working overtime to ramp up production.

The joint venture assembles the Civic, Spirior, Jade, Geriz and Gienia sedans, the XR-V and CR-V crossovers and the Elysion multi-purpose vehicle at two plants in the central China city of Wuhan.

The two factories can produce 512,000 vehicles a year.

In the first five months, Dongfeng Honda’s sales surged 126 percent year on year to 254,323 vehicles.

Dongfeng Honda’s third assembly plant is still under construction in Wuhan. It is due to start production in 2019, adding another 120,000 vehicles to the partnership’s annual output.

Honda also has a joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. in the south China city of Guangzhou, where deliveries surged 113 percent to 276,075 vehicles in the first five months.

Through May, Honda’s China sales totaled 530,198 vehicles, up 119 percent from the same period last year.

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