Honda's Ohio Plant Begins 2017 SUV Production

Noria news wires

Honda recently announced the start of mass production on the new 2017 Honda CR-V at the East Liberty Auto Plant (ELP) in East Liberty, Ohio. The redesigned and reengineered 2017 CR-V is the fifth generation of Honda's compact sport-utility vehicle (SUV).

"Our Ohio team did an incredible job as the lead plant for the global launch of this new Honda CR-V, and we look forward to sharing this world-class 2017 CR-V with our customers in the U.S., North America and around the world," said Tim Myers, plant manager at the East Liberty Auto Plant. "With a first-ever available turbocharged engine that is also built right here in Ohio, we believe the CR-V will continue to set the standard for compact SUVs."

As the global lead plant for this fifth-generation CRV, ELP not only will be the first facility in the world to launch the new CR-V into mass production, but has also developed the processes and technologies that will form the manufacturing base for CR-V production at 10 Honda plants globally. This is the first time a Honda facility in the United States has led the mass production efforts for a global model.

In addition to the East Liberty Plant, the 2017 CR-V will also be built at Honda facilities in Alliston, Ontario, and Greensburg, Indiana.

The East Liberty Plant employs 2,350 associates and has the annual capacity to manufacture 240,000 passenger cars and light trucks. The 2.8-million-square-foot facility started production in December 1989 and currently makes the Honda CR-V and Acura RDX sport-utility vehicles. The plant will add production of the Acura MDX luxury SUV next year, which will be dual-sourced from ELP and from Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, Alabama, where it is currently built.

For more information, visit www.honda.com.

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