Honda plans to open by 2015 a new plant in Ohio for which it will invest $70 million, where it will manufacture the next-generation NSX supercar.
In fact the Japanese automaker will refurbish the current plant in Marysville, Ohio, which is adjacent to the automaker’s main North American auto-assembly facility and regional R&D center. The plant dubbed the Performance Manufacturing Center will build the racing-style NSX and will have 100 workers.
“The company wants to show they’re really committed to this market by producing even their most advanced vehicles in the U.S.,” said Alec Gutierrez, an industry analyst for Irvine, California-based Kelley Blue Book. “The original NSX certainly had a following in the U.S., and a lot of us are watching the progress of the new one closely.”
Honda introduced the Acura brand in 1986 for the US market and now the automaker adds two new models, the revamped MDX crossover and the RLX luxury sedan, before the return of the NSX. This move is aimed at stopping Acura sales from going down, as sales last year have been 25% under the 2005 peak of 209,610 vehicles.
“The location of this facility is in the midst of one of the greatest collections of engineering and production talent in the world,” said Hidenobu Iwata, head of Honda’s North American manufacturing operations.