Honda Begins Production of New 10-Speed Automatic Transmission
Honda also announced a $150 million investment in two US manufacturing plants to fund production of the industry-first 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT) for front-wheel-drive vehicles.
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Roughly $100 million of that investment will go towards a new assembly line and production modifications at HPPG, with the remaining $49 million being used to purchase new equipment and ramp up production capacity at Honda Transmission Mfg. of America, Inc. (HTM) in Russells Point, Ohio. This new investment comes in addition to the nearly $3 billion that Honda has pumped into its US production plants over the last four years.
The new 10AT was given a low-friction design by Honda R&D developers, which will be used in both Honda and Acura vehicles for enhanced drivability. When they go on sale this spring, high-end trims of the all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan will be the first models to feature the new transmission. The 10AT will then be applied to additional light-truck and car models in the future.
“This new 10-speed automatic transmission represents Honda’s commitment to provide our customers with products of outstanding performance, and we are honored to be the global lead plant for production of the 10AT,” said HPPG President Masahiko Kayama. “Manufacturing the new transmission in Georgia is a huge responsibility and a great opportunity for Honda associates to demonstrate their manufacturing capabilities and commitment.”