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Honda's Swindon plant produces 100,000 fewer cars in 2011

Car manufacturing firm Honda says it will have made 100,000 fewer cars at its Swindon plant in 2011 than in 2010.

The company cut production to just two days a week following the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March.

The disaster caused a breakdown in parts distribution to the plant from Honda's Japanese suppliers.

On Thursday, Honda announced staff in Swindon were now back to working their normal hours and full production will now resume.

General manager for corporate affairs, Paul Ormond, said: "The numbers of cars will increase gradually over the next few weeks till we hit that full production level.

"In fact, we will probably be looking to increase that in order to catch up on some of the backlog because we obviously have a number of dealers and customers out there who have also been running short of cars."

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