December 21, 2004

Honda to build CR-V in Ohio

Marysville, Ohio – Honda’s CR-V sport-utility vehicle will be produced in Ohio starting in 2006, Honda of America Manufacturing announced. The CR-V is currently built in Japan.

The CR-V will be produced at one of Honda’s two auto plants in the state. The Element light-duty truck already is being built at Honda’s East Liberty Auto Plant. In addition, a new entry-level Acura SUV is scheduled for production in Ohio starting in 2006.

The CR-V and Acura SUV join a lineup in Ohio that now includes the Honda Accord and Acura TL at the Marysville Auto Plant, and the Honda Civic and Element models at the East Liberty plant.

“Adding CR-V production to Ohio is another example of building products close to our customers,” said Koki Hirashima, Honda of America’s president and CEO. “In addition, it demonstrates the flexibility of our plants and the capabilities of our associates to meet the needs of our customers for cars and light trucks.”

Honda has invested more than U.S.$8 billion in 12 plants and other operations in North America. And nearly eight of 10 vehicles Honda sells here are made in those plants.

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