Honda Motor Co. is moving its U.S. leadership team from California to Ohio, home to the Honda Accord and Acura TL, as part of its effort to consolidate corporate operations for North America.
The Japanese automaker will maintain an office in Torrance.
“ The move to Ohio will see about 50 employees relocating from Torrance to Marysville. Torrance will still be the home base for U.S. Sales and Marketing.” said Jeffrey Smith, a spokesperson for Honda.
According to the spokesperson, the moves are designed to centralize key functions and speed decision making.
Honda, the first Japanese automaker to build cars in United States has over 13,000 employees at 11 facilities in Ohio.
Honda counts North America as its biggest global market and largest source of profit and sales.
In January, Honda sold 93,626 vehicles in the United States – up 12.8 percent.
Honda’s sales and profits have increased sharply in recent quarters, recovering from disruptions linked to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011.