Honda will build its Fit compact at the new Honda factory in Mexico, from where it will be exported to the U.S. and other markets. This is what the company told Hans Greimel, Automotive News [sub] rezident in Tokyo.
We have had this rumor a year ago, but this is the first time that Honda officially confirms what it will be building in its Celaya, Guanajuato, plant. On Wednesday, Honda laid the cornerstone for the new factory. It is scheduled to open for business in 2014 with a capacity of 200,000 vehicles a year.
According to Honda, the plant will increase Honda’s production capacity in North America to 1.87 million units from 1.63 million today, Honda said in a statement.
In January, Honda announced it would also build the next generation Acura NSX sports car in Ohio.
“Honda will soon produce everything from subcompacts to super cars in North America,” said Rick Schostek, senior vice president of Honda of America Manufacturing Inc.
Nissan and Mazda are building new plants in Mexico, which has free trade agreements with more than 40 countries.
Volkswagen wants to raise its capacity in Mexico by 20 percent to 615,000 units per year, says Automobilwoche [sub].