Location of Honda supercar production announced (Audio & video included)
5/14/2013 12:01:53 PM
By Joel Penhorwood
Honda formally announced their selection of the manufacturing site where the Acura NSX supercar will be produced.
Honda of America President and CEO Hidenobu Iwata announced on Tuesday the hi-tech vehicle will be produced at a new Performance Manufacturing Center, using Honda’s former North American Logistics facility. The building is located on Honda Parkway near Honda’s existing R&D operation and adjacent to the Marysville manufacturing facilities.
(Pictured above, Honda associates gather around the Acura NSX concept car)
Iwata said Honda will invest $70 million into the 184,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility. The new Performance Manufacturing Center will allow Honda to bring quality projects for both the road and the racetrack to West Central Ohio.
The much anticipated announcement gave rest to speculation of facility locations.
Iwata said, “Where will it be built?” was a common question asked since Honda’s global president Takanobu Ito debuted the NSX plan at the North American International Auto show in Detroit in 2012.
Leaders also announced that associates at Honda’s engine plant in Anna will assemble the vehicle’s powertrain.
Honda also introduced Honda’s R&D Americas Chief Engineer Ted Klaus and Honda of America Associate Chief Engineer Clement D’Souza as two head leaders of the project.
Clement D’Souza, Acura NSX Manufacturing Project Leader, noted the decision was made in part because of proximity to Honda R&D Americas, Inc., a short distance from the facility.
D’Souza recognized it as a full production facility with various departments that will produce the entire car.
D’Souza also said consideration was given to the workers which would make up the production of the advanced vehicle.
(Pictured right, D'Souza explains the building layout)
Iwata and D’Souza announced the transferring of 100 skilled and experienced employees to the plant within the next two years.
D’Souza commented that yet-to-be chosen associates who will be working at the plant must meet criteria of experience and passion. He noted each employee must have at least 30 years of experience and be skilled craftsmen in their area in addition to having a distinguishable passion for Honda and the vehicle they will be working on.
“The 100 associates used at this facility will be absolved from the various manufacturing facilities around us” D’Souza said. “We are looking at the experience we’ve had over the past 30 years and drawing from it and pooling those associates to this facility.”
Listen to Clement D’Souza talk about the new manufacturing project
The new facility is located in a building which has produced transmission parts in the past among other capacities.
Many dignitaries and community leaders were present at the announcement. Governor John Kasich offered words of thanks and encouragement to Honda of America and their continued support of West Central Ohio.
“The people who work here are so enthusiastic and positive about everything,” Kasich said. “The people who do all these things are the fundamental reason this car is being built right here in Marysville.”
Kasich also sat in the concept version of the Acura NSX on display and explained his thankfulness to Hidenobu Iwata, HAM President and CEO.
Klaus, who is the new Acura NSX Large Project Leader, has a close relationship with the development and design of the vehicle.
“We are excited and humbled to have this challenge,” Klaus said when referring to building the NSX in Ohio.
Klaus detailed the expectations of the car’s manufacturer. He explained the importance of having the production facility close to Honda R&D as well as the associates who will be producing the vehicle.
(Pictured left, Acura NSX)
Klaus also explained the technology involved in the vehicle and shared insight into the 2015 Acura NSX. “It’s not about the technology. It’s about putting the driver in the center of this vehicle,” Klaus said.
Listen to Klaus talk about the Acura NSX
The futuristic NSX will feature a unique powertrain and body structure to provide a driving experience similar to that of an F-1 racecar. It will be powered by a mid-mounted V-6 engine combined with Acura’s new Sport Hybrid Super Handling All Wheel Drive system.
Honda has a goal of starting production on the Acura NSX within two years. In that time, the 184,000 square-foot facility will be completed along with the selection and training of the 100 experienced associates.
The new Acura NSX is a continuation of the former Honda NSX, which ceased production in 2005 after 15 years of production.
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