Moving one step closer to making its upcoming NSX supercar a reality, Acura has selected a location that will become the vehicle's one and only global source point starting in 2015. The site, which is adjacent to the Honda of America Manufacturing plant in Marysville, Ohio, formerly housed Honda's North American Logistics operations. To prepare the facility for its new duty as the Performance Manufacturing Center, Honda will invest an additional $70 million.
"Thirty years ago, building cars in America was a big dream. Working together, here in Ohio and across North America we turned this dream into reality," said Hidenobu Iwata, president & CEO of Honda of America and the head of Honda's manufacturing operations in North America. "The location of this facility is in the midst of one of the greatest collections of engineering and production talent in the world. So it makes sense that we will renew the dream and build this high-tech, supercar in Marysville, Ohio."
Once up and running, this 184,000-sq ft state-of-the-art final assembly facility will employ approximately 100 skilled workers drawn from within Honda's existing Ohio operations. The NSX's sophisticated hybrid powertrain will be built at Honda's engine plant in Anna, Ohio, and then shipped to the Performance Manufacturing Center where it will be mated to the rest of the car.
Along with naming the location of its new plant, the automaker also announced that Honda R&D Americas chief engineer Ted Klaus will lead the global team charged with developing the new NSX and that Clement D' Souza, associate chief engineer at Honda of America, has been charged with bringing Acura's mid-engine dream machine into production.
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