November 2, 2007

Honda’s first U.S. plant celebrates 25th anniversary

Marysville, Ohio – Honda’s plant in Marysville, Ohio, the first Japanese auto plant to build a car in the U.S., turned 25 yesterday. Later this month, the plant is expected to produce its nine millionth vehicle, an Accord, the same nameplate as the first vehicle produced a quarter-century ago.

The U.S. is the most important market for the Accord, with sales of more than 300,000 units through September, mostly built at the Marysville plant. Honda says that nearly 80 per cent of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in America are built at one of Honda’s six auto plants in North America.

Honda established Honda of American Manufacturing near Marysville to begin motorcycle manufacturing in 1979. The Marysville plant began producing its first Accord sedans on November 1, 1982, in small numbers with nearly identical content and only a few colours. By the end of 1982, the plant was making 160 cars per day.

The company says that the Marysville plant introduced many new concepts to the U.S. auto industry, including just-in-time parts delivery, quick die changes in metal stamping, rolling model changes to launch new vehicles without stopping production, and a high level of flexible model production.

The plant currently has the capacity to build 440,000 vehicles per year on two lines, and produces the Accord sedan and coupe, and Acura TL and RDX.

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