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Honda’s Indiana plant to boost production capacity; add Civic Hybrid

19 July 2012

Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC (HMIN) is investing $40 million to increase annual production capacity by 50,000 units to a total of 250,000 vehicles. Early next year, HMIN will add production of the Civic Hybrid, Honda’s most popular hybrid model in the United States. Indiana was the first Honda plant in North America to build a hybrid vehicle when it started Acura ILX Hybrid production in April.

HMIN produces the Civic Sedan and the Civic Natural Gas on the same assembly line with the Acura ILX. Considering current Honda Civic Natural Gas, Acura ILX Hybrid and future Civic Hybrid production, HMIN has the most diverse alternative-fuel production capability of any plant in North America.

Since late last year, Honda’s seven automobile production plants in North America have been operating at or above their full straight-time capacity, which currently totals 1.63 million vehicles per year. In addition to the new second shift at the Indiana plant, Honda’s plant in Marysville, Ohio resumed second-shift production on Line 1 late last year.

Last November, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC announced that it will increase capacity by 40,000 units to 340,000 light trucks per year, starting this fall. This increase, plus the additional 50,000 units at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, will increase Honda’s North American auto production capacity to 1.72 million units per year. Additionally, Honda’s capacity in the region will total 1.92 million units after its new Mexico plant starts production of the Fit sub-compact in the spring of 2014.

In 2011, 85% of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the US were built in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts, the highest rate of any international automaker. Honda expects this to grow to more than 90% local production in coming years.

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