Honda Announces New Vehicle to be Built in North America
About 30 years ago, the Honda Accord began production in America. Recent news updates announce that the Honda Fit, a fuel efficient Montgomery Honda, will soon be built in Mexico. This will add an important member of the Honda vehicles to those that are already produced in North America. With two new vehicles being built in North America (the Fit in Mexico and the NSX in Ohio) we can better meet the needs of our Montgomery Honda customers.
Last year, more than 85 percent of the Honda and Acura models sold in America were built in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, using domestic and globally sourced parts, and this will reach more than 90 percent in the coming years.
Honda is investing $800 million in the new plant in Mexico - building upon their longstanding commitment to existing operations in North America. They are also currently investing virtually the equivalent amount to expand and innovate existing production operations in Ohio, Alabama and Indiana.
In Ohio, Honda is investing more than $500 million at four different plants. This includes expanding the engine and transmission plants to produce the new, more fuel-efficient Honda Earth Dreams powertrain series. This series includes an all-new direct injection engine and highly fuel-efficient CVT transmission that will debut this fall on the all-new 2013 Honda Accord. In addition to this, the Ohio location will also be expanding the assembly line, adding new vehicle painting technologies and constructing an on-site parts consolidation center at the East Liberty Plant.
In Alabama, Honda is investing $275 million to expand the auto plant and add a third stamping line that will help increase capacity by 40,000 units. This will add 140 jobs and introduce production of a fourth model next year, the Acura MDX, to go alongside the Honda Odyssey, Pilot and Ridgeline models.
In Indiana, 1,000 new jobs were created with the addition of a second production shift that doubled annual production volume to 200,000 units. This will lead to production next month of the all-new Acura ILX and ILX Hybrid sedans - the first hybrid car we will build in North America, and the first Indiana-built Acura.
And in Canada, Honda recently added production of the Honda CR-V to the lineup of products built there to help meet the demand for America's most popular SUV, which is also produced in Ohio and Mexico.Our Montgomery Honda is excited about these recent changes and changes to come.