TOKYO, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Japanese automakers Honda Motors Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said they would trim their workforces to adjust to slow demand and slow production rates.
Honda said Friday it would cut 3,100 temporary jobs this spring and reduce domestic production by 56,000 vehicles. Mitsubishi said 1,800 workers would be laid off by March, Kyodo News reported.
Honda's total vehicle production by the end of its fiscal year in March was expected to decline to 1.17 million units, a 10 percent drop from a year ago.
In its efforts to match production with slumping demand, Honda said it would curtail production in Britain for two months, April and May.
Honda had already announced it would cease production in February and March at its Swindon plant in southwest England. That plant will now close for four months, the company said.