Marysville, Ohio – Honda of America is celebrating 30 years of manufacturing in the U.S., marked with a symbolic tree planting ceremony in Marysville, Ohio and the announcement that its plant in East Liberty, Ohio will produce the new Accord Crosstour.
“On behalf of the thousands of Honda associates in Ohio, past and present, I want to thank our local communities and the people of Ohio for their support and friendship during the past 30 years,” said Hidenobu Iwata, Honda of America president and CEO. “The significant growth we have experienced in Ohio would not have been possible without the trust and support of our community partners.”
The Crosstour will be positioned at the top of the Accord lineup and will go on sale this fall. It will be assembled in East Liberty, with its engine produced at Honda’s plant near Anna, Ohio, and its transmission made near Russells Point, Ohio.
Marysville was Honda’s first U.S. plant and the first Japanese auto plant in the United States. It initially produced motorcycles, starting on September 10, 1979, and in November 1982 began producing the four-door Honda Accord. Motorcycle production ended last June to allow the company to focus operations on automobile and powertrain production, and construction is under way to transform the former motorcycle plant into a consolidation centre that will deliver parts and components directly to the assembly lines.
Over the past 30 years, Honda plants in Ohio have produced more than 13 million automobiles, 17 million engines, one million motorcycles, two million ATVs, and nearly 13 million automatic transmissions. The Marysville plant produces the Accord sedan and coupe models, along with the Acura TL and RDX. The East Liberty Auto Plant, which opened in December 1989, is the major production site in North America for the Honda CR-V and exclusively produces the Element.