Honda has announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that an all-new Acura NSX “supercar” will be manufactured in Ohio. In addition, the new sports car will be developed in the U.S., including at the Ohio Center of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA).
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. President and CEO Takanobu Ito unveiled a concept version of the Acura NSX at the Detroit show. Although Acura is keeping most of the vehicle’s details under wraps, the new NSX will employ a lightweight chassis, a mid-mounted V-6 engine and Acura’s innovative new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system. Ito said the new “supercar” will come to market within three years.
Along with unveiling the NSX concept, Ito announced that it will be built in Ohio. Honda plans to produce the new supercar near its current auto production operations in central Ohio at a unique, advanced manufacturing operation. The original Acura NSX was built at Honda plants in Japan from 1990 to 2005.
“Honda associates are up to the challenge of producing the new NSX for global customers with a high degree of craftsmanship,” said Hidenobu Iwata, head of Honda’s North American manufacturing operations and president of Honda of America Mfg., Inc. “Honda associates in Ohio have been building high-quality Honda and Acura vehicles for nearly 30 years, so this news in many ways is a culmination of their determined efforts.”
A team from HRA Ohio Center will lead the continued design and development of the new vehicle. Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., Honda R&D Americas has major research and vehicle development operations in the Raymond, Ohio center, where much of the work on the NSX will take place.
“We have a rich history of creating innovative new products for our customers in the U.S. and in markets around the world,” said Hiroshi Takemura, president of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. “The responsibility to develop the all-new Acura NSX demonstrates the maturity of our organization, the know-how of our associates and their ability to create an advanced and innovative supercar.”
Based on Honda’s longstanding commitment to “build products close to the customer” Honda opened its first auto plant in the U.S. nearly 30 years ago, on November 1, 1982, in Marysville, Ohio. Today, Honda builds more cars and light trucks in the state of Ohio than all other automakers combined. Honda has the capacity to build 680,000 passenger cars and light trucks at its two auto plants in Marysville and East Liberty, Ohio.
The company’s Anna, Ohio, engine plant, with capacity of 1.18 million units, is the largest automobile engine factory in Honda’s global production network. Honda also manufactures automatic transmissions in Russells Point, Ohio.
Honda currently employs more than 13,500 Ohioans and has invested more than $8 billion in its extensive operations in the state. In addition, Honda annually purchases nearly $7 billion in parts and materials from more than 150 Ohio suppliers and more than $17.5 billion in parts and materials from more than 600 North American suppliers.
Honda has seven auto plants in North America with the overall capacity to manufacture 1.63 million automobiles. Using domestic and globally sourced parts, approximately 90 percent of the Honda and Acura products sold in the U.S. are built in North America.