A new $70 million advanced production facility encompassing 184,000 square feet to be housed inside Honda's (IW 1000/30) former North American Logistics facility, will be the new production facility for Acura's new NSX auto. It will be Honda’s third auto plant in Ohio.
The facility is located in the midst of Honda's existing R&D and production engineering operations. Just a few miles away is the Honda R&D Americas, Inc. Ohio Center that is engineering the car for production and it is adjacent to Honda of America Mfg.'s Marysville auto plant.
"Thirty years ago, building cars in America was a big dream," said Hidenobu Iwata, CEO of Honda of America and the head of Honda's manufacturing operations in North America. "Working together, here in Ohio and across North America we turned this dream into reality."
"The location of this facility is in the midst of one of the greatest collections of engineering and production talent in the world, " Iwata added. " So it makes sense that we will renew the dream and build this high-tech, supercar in Marysville, Ohio."
The Performance Manufacturing Center will employ approximately 100 highly skilled manufacturing associates drawn from within Honda's existing operations in Ohio. In addition, associates at Honda's engine plant in Anna, Ohio, will assemble the NSX powertrain.
"This new plant will be as unique as the vehicle we will build here," said Clement D' Souza, associate chief engineer at Honda of America who is leading the team that will bring NSX to mass production in 2015. "In creating the plan for this plant, we looked closely at each process and determined the perfect blend of associate craftsmanship and technology to adopt a new approach to manufacturing."
The new NSX is being developed by a global R&D team led by designers and engineers at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. located in Los Angeles, Calif., and Raymond, Ohio.
The NSX will feature a unique powertrain and body structure. It will be powered by a mid-mounted V-6 engine mated to Acura's new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system.
The original Acura NSX was built at the Takanezawa Plant in Japan from 1990 until production moved to the Suzuka Plant in early 2004, where it was produced until 2005.