Fifth-Gen 2017 Honda CR-V Begins Production in Ohio
The new model represents the fifth generation and the twentieth model year of the popular sport-utility, which has been America’s best-selling SUV since it was first introduced in 1997, with nearly four million units sold.
Redesigned and reengineered, the 2017 Honda CR-V will go on sale at dealerships in North America this winter. Three North American plants—located in Ohio, Indiana, and Canada—will build the new global CR-V, but production will be led by Ohio’s East Liberty Auto Plant (ELP), marking the first time CR-V production has been led by US manufacturing operations.
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Honda of Canada Manufacturing in Alliston, Ontario, and Honda Manufacturing of Indiana in Greensburg, Indiana are the other North American plants producing the CR-V. The Honda engine plant in Anna, Ohio, meanwhile, is building the SUV’s new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine.
“Our Ohio team did an incredible job as the lead plant for the global launch of this new Honda CR-V and we look forward to sharing this world-class 2017 CR-V with our customers in the US, North America and around the world,” said ELP Plant Manager Tim Myers. “With a first-ever available turbocharged engine that is also built right here in Ohio we believe the CR-V will continue to set the standard for compact SUVs.”
The 2.8 million square foot ELP facility employs 2,350 associates and has the capacity to produce 240,000 passenger cars and light trucks. In addition to the CR-V, the plant also produces the Acura RDX sport-utility vehicles, and will add production of the Acura MDX next year.
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