The announcement comes a day after a British lawmaker said Honda will announce the closure of the Swindon factory in southern England, resulting in 3,500 job losses, in what is seen as a big blow to UK's auto industry before Brexit. The plant closure will be one of several by automakers reassessing their presence in the UK and Europe.
Two weeks ago bigger Japanese rival Nissan cancelled plans to build its X-Trail sport utility vehicle in Britain. Last month, Britain's biggest automaker Jaguar Land Rover, and Ford Motor Co separately announced sweeping job cuts in Europe.
For Honda, declining demand for diesel vehicles, tougher emissions regulations and uncertainty over Britain's expected departure from the European Union next month have clouded its manufacturing prospects in the region. (Reporting by Chang Ran-Kim and Naomi Tajitsu in Tokyo; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)