Honda to build Acura NSX Hybrid in Ohio image

Honda has unveiled the much anticipated NSX Concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday. The Japanese automaker will produce its Acura NSX sports car in Ohio, President Takanobu Ito said.

“U.S. is where we sell the most, so it makes sense to make it here,” Tetsuo Iwamura, chief operating officer for Tokyo- based Honda’s North American unit, said in an interview in Detroit yesterday.

Production and sales of the mid-engine V6 hybrid “super car” will start within three years, Ito said yesterday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Development of the car is being shared between engineering groups in the U.S. and Japan, Ito said.

“This sport hybrid SH-AWD system will make NSX the ultimate expression of Acura’s idea to create synergy between man and machine,” said Honda CEO Takanobu Ito in a statement.

The hybrid drive unit will have a next-generation VTEC V6 engine with direct-injection and 2 Electric Motor Drive Unit as Honda refers to it.

The decision to build car in the States probably reflects Honda’s desire to control cost and keep the car from being more expensive than necessary for U.S. buyers.

There hasn’t yet been any announcement made about the pricing. The original NSX, however, cost $90,000 when it was produced from 1990 to 2005, so that gives a general idea of where pricing may fall.