November 10, 2004

Honda to build powertrain plant in Georgia, U.S.A.

tlanta, Georgia – Honda announced plans to build a U.S.$100 million plant in the city of Tallapoosa, Georgia, 40 miles west of Atlanta, to produce automatic transmissions. The plan also includes significant investments to add production of high precision gears at a Honda transmission plant in Ohio, and key engine components at a Honda engine facility in Alabama. In all, Honda will invest U.S.$270 million and create 600 jobs across three states.

“This powertrain strategy represents the continuation of Honda’s 25-year commitment to localize our operations close to the customer here in the U.S., and creates a new level of autonomy for Honda’s powertrain production in America,” said Koichi Kondo, president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., and chief operating officer of Honda’s North America Region operations.

In Georgia, Honda will invest $100 million to construct its 13th plant in North America, a new 250,000 square foot plant that will begin assembly of automatic transmissions in fall 2006. At full capacity, the plant will employ 400 associates and produce 300,000 transmissions per year. Reflecting Honda’s strategy to base powertrain production near vehicle production for synchronous assembly, the plant will initially support production of Honda Odyssey minivans and Pilot SUVs at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC (HMA) in Lincoln, Alabama, 60 miles west of the Tallapoosa plant.

Honda currently has an annual production capacity of one million automatic transmissions in the U.S. and has assembled more than nine million transmissions in America since it began producing automatic transmissions at Honda of America Mfg.’s Anna, Ohio, Engine Plant in 1989. HTM assumed responsibility for transmission production in 1996.

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