January 24, 2002
Honda to build Model X derivative in Ohio
Torrance, California – A new light truck model based on Honda’s Model X concept vehicle will be produced by Honda at its East Liberty (Ohio) Plant beginning late this year, Honda announced.
The all-new vehicle, targeted at young buyers and boasting a number of unique features including a pillar-less body side and “open wide” doors, is expected to reach Honda dealerships late this year.
“The Model X is a radical departure from traditional automotive design that we think will appeal very strongly to a new generation of car buyers. It is an important new addition to Honda’s growing family of innovative light truck models,” said Tom Elliott, executive vice president of American Honda.
While the official name has yet to be announced, the new vehicle will closely emulate the multi-functional Model X design concept introduced last year at the 2001 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The exterior is a simple and highly functional two box shape surrounding a rugged and versatile interior, designed for maximum utility to accommodate surfboards, mountain bikes, snowboards and other recreational items.
The new model will be produced on the same assembly line as the Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe and Civic GX natural gas vehicle, utilizing Honda’s flexible New Manufacturing System.