April 30, 2004
Honda begins manufacturing Pilot SUV in Alabama
Lincoln, Alabama – Honda Manufacturing of Alabama has begun production of Honda’s popular Pilot sport utility vehicle and the V6 engine that powers it on the company’s new second production line.
The first Alabama-built Pilot off the new assembly line will eventually be placed on display in the plant’s lobby.
The beginning of mass production comes just 17 months after HMA began construction of the 1.3 million-square-foot expansion of the Alabama facility, which is also home to Honda’s Odyssey minivan.
HMA started building Odyssey minivans and V6 engines in Alabama on Nov. 14, 2001. To date, HMA has built more than 327,000 Odysseys and engines at the 1.7 million-square-foot Line 1 facility. Currently, HMA employs more than 3,300 and will employ approximately 4,300 when full production on both lines is reached in 2005.
The start-up of HMA’s second assembly line boosts Honda’s capital investment in Alabama to more than U.S.$1 billion and HMA’s combined annual production capacity to 300,000 vehicles and V6 engines.