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2018 Honda Accord production begins at Marysville, Ohio plant

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Marcus De Guzman / Honda | September 20, 2017 09:45

Honda's Marysville Auto Plant to add 300 new jobs, get new tech to produce 2018 Accord

Production of the latest generation Honda Accord has officially begun after the automaker recently invested $267 million at the company's Marysville Auto Plant (MAP) in Ohio. With it, Honda claimed that this will add 300 new jobs to support the production of the all-new Accord and increase the plant's output.

The total investment includes $220 million worth of new technologies and processes. Part of the new investments include a new lazer brazing process for the Accord's roof, as well as stamping techniques that will make the sedan's contoured body.

Also included are the 342 state-of-the-art welding robots worth $165 million. On top of that, Honda also invested $47 million at the nearby Anna, Ohio engine plant which will produce the Accord's 1.5- and 2.0-liter turbocharged engines.

2018 Honda Accord production begins at Marysville, Ohio plant

Beyond that, the 2018 Accord will also be the first new model that will make use of the brand's latest high-performance structural adhesives. According to the automaker, this will deliver better body rigidity along with a quieter cabin.

“The new jobs and production growth will enable us to meet anticipated strong demand for the new Honda Accord. Re-imagining the new Accord and bringing it to life took an incredible effort by our project team and our associates. The privilege of producing America's best-selling car for the last 41 years is a significant point of pride for our associates,” said Rob May, MAP plant manager.

In review, the tenth-generation Honda Accord gets a major redesign inside and out and is now powered by turbocharged VTEC engines. The front fascia now gets Honda's familiar Solid Wing Face design while the side profile has a couple-like profile which is reminiscent of the tenth-generation Civic. C-shaped taillights dominate the rear which departs from the flowning horizontal design of the outgoing model.

2018 Honda Accord production begins at Marysville, Ohio plant

As mentioned earlier, the all-new Accord will only be available with downsized turbocharged VTEC engines. First up is the 1.5-liter i-VTEC turbo which is also available in the Civic RS. It puts out 192 PS and 260 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the bigger 2.0-liter i-VTEC turbo replaces the naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6. Essentially a detuned version of the Civic Type R's engine, it generates 252 PS and 370 Nm of torque.

The former is available with either a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or six-speed manual while the latter can be mated to a ten-speed automatic or six-speed manual.

Deliveries of the 2018 Accord in the US will begin in late 2017. There is no word yet as to when ASEAN will receive the new-generation Acord.