Today, April 23rd, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana celebrated the beginning of mass production of the all-new 2013 Acura ILX.
At 10:30 in the morning the first ILX, built exclusively in Indiana, rolled off the assembly line, greeted by Honda associates, community partners and elected officials.
“Acura has a sparkling reputation and we are thrilled to build the gateway vehicle to this brand at our Greensburg facility,” said Jun Nishimoto, president of Honda Manufacturing of Indiana. “As the exclusive builder of the ILX, HMIN has a big responsibility. Our associates meet this challenge by working together as one team and today we are ready for our customers to share our pride in this beautiful new product.”
The new Acura opens the Acura lineup and comes with both gasoline and gas-electric hybrid powertrain options. Honda Manufacturing of Indiana manufactures three versions of this model, a 150-horsepower, 4-cylinder 2.0-liter model, a 201-horsepower 2.4-liter model with 6-speed manual transmission, and the ILX Hybrid, with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. The Anna, Ohio, engine plant of Honda of America produces the gasoline engines for the 2.0- and 2.4-liter versions of Acura ILX.
“This all-new Acura luxury sedan is closely linked to the future of Acura,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura for American Honda. “Just as the Acura ILX is the gateway to the Acura brand, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana is a gateway to Acura customers.”