Today all four Honda auto plants in America celebrated the cumulative production of 20 million automobiles in the U.S. Honda also marked the achievement at two engine and two transmission plants that build the powertrains used in Honda’s U.S.-built cars and trucks.
The Marysville Auto Plant, in Ohio, was the first auto plant in America producing the Honda Accord on Nov. 1, 1982, and the first Japanese auto plant to begin production of automobiles in the United States. Since then, Honda has established automobile manufacturing operations in East Liberty, Ohio, Lincoln, Ala. and Greensburg, Ind.
Those plants today manufacture 11 different models, including four passenger cars and seven light trucks. A fifth U.S. plant, the Performance Manufacturing Center, is under construction in Marysville, Ohio, and next year will become the exclusive global production location for the next generation Acura NSX.
Honda’s U.S. plants produced a record 1,309,917 automobiles in 2013, an increase of 7.4 percent from the previous annual mark set in 2012. Honda is supported by a network of 533 suppliers in the U.S., with purchasing of parts and components last year exceeding $23 billion.
“The commitment and dedication of our team of 2,000+ Indiana associates has helped Honda achieve this production milestone and fulfill our commitment to more than 20 million Honda customers across the U.S.,” said Honda Manufacturing of Indiana President Bob Nelson.
Honda’s four U.S. auto plants are supported by engine manufacturing in Anna, Ohio and Lincoln, Ala., and the production of automatic transmissions in Russells Point, Ohio and Tallapoosa, Ga. These plants have produced 23.77 million automobile engines and 18.64 million transmissions in the United States. In 2013, nearly 95 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America.
Over the past three years, Honda has invested approximately $1.6 billion in its U.S. auto plants to expand production, and implement new technologies in products and manufacturing systems.