Honda Motor Co., on Tuesday said its plant in Greensburg, Indiana will begin manufacturing an all-new Acura entry-level luxury sedan in the spring.
The compact ILX will go on sale in the earlier quarter of 2012 with a price tag that will read well under $30, 000. The ILX will be offered with either a gasoline or gas-electric hybrid engine, making it Acura’s first hybrid.
Production of the ILX will have no impact on employment at the Greensburg plant, said Honda spokeswoman Anita Sipes.
“Building this all-new Acura vehicle as the exclusive global source is a big responsibility for our associates,” said HMIN President Jun Nishimoto. “I am very proud of what our Indiana team has accomplished in such a short time, and we have great confidence in our ability to produce a world-class luxury vehicle that exceeds the expectations of Acura customers.”
The Acura ILX becomes the first Acura model to be made exclusively in North America. Honda also makes the Acura TL sedan, the ZDX crossover vehicle and two sport-utility Acuras.
1,000 jobs were recently added at the plant to push the workforce to approximately 2,000. The plant makes about 200,000 vehicles per year.
The Japanese automaker plans to unveil four concept vehicles at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, including the first look at a coupe version of the ninth-generation Honda Accord, a new entry-level Acura and a revived high-end sports car that will cameo in a summer blockbuster.
Situated on a 1,700-acre greenfield site, the 1,650,000-sq.ft. project is designed to be a “flex” plant capable of producing more than one model.