A step closer to reality
Honda announced that the all-new NSX hybrid supercar will be exclusively produced at its $70 million Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio. The 184,000 square feet production facility will be employing approximately 100 highly skilled manufacturing associates. In addition to that, associates at the nearby Honda engine plant will assemble the NSX’s powertrain.
"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."
Aside from the plant location, Honda announced that Honda R&D Americas chief engineer Ted Klaus is leading the global team developing the new NSX, and Clement D' Souza, associate chief engineer at Honda of America, is leading the team that will bring NSX to mass production in 2015.
"This new plant will be as unique as the vehicle we will build here," said D'Souza. "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 NSX will be powered by a mid-mounted V-6 engine mated to an innovative new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system. Its proposed interior design was also previously shown at the recently concluded 2013 North American International Auto Show.
"We have a very clear understanding of the high customer expectations luxury buyers around the world have for a supercar, and our challenge is to exceed them and create new value for the customer," said Klaus. "This new Performance Manufacturing Center will be key to this challenge."