Honda Begins Indiana Civic Production
Production began today at Honda’s Greensburg, Indiana plant, which will build 200k Civics when at full capacity. “With continued high demand for the Honda Civic, we are honored and excited to help meet the needs of our customers in North America,” Yuzo Uenohara, says president of Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (HMIN) in a press release at hondanews.com. “Our new Indiana associates are dedicated to building the very best Honda products, with customer satisfaction as our top goal.” Trial production has been going on for several months already, and the first shift which begins work today will be joined by a second shift in 2009, employing a total of 2k workers at full capacity. All Civics built at Greensburg will rock Honda’s 1.8 liter, 140 hp VTEC four-banger, built nearby in Anna, Ohio. So fear not, automotive doomsayers. America is gaining new automotive jobs, just not from Ford, GM or Chrysler.
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- FreedMike I'm going to rebadge my Jetta as an Audi and drink in the profits.
- Kwik_Shift Looks HyunKia-ish.
- MrIcky Seems like TTAC writers really want a ford sedan. I remember all the wailing and gnashing of teeth when the fusion went away. It's not an interesting car except to journos and just not what the general population requires. Time to let go.
- MrIcky Seems like a Mustang for Mustang fans to talk about with other Mustang fans. I just went to the Corvette configutor and built a 2LT Z51 for 79,540, a base 1LT is $65k. Both are arguably nicer, and certainly better performers than this. If a Mustang is going to play in that bracket it has to do something different to beef up the emotional appeal. The supercharger did that, the flat plane crank that revved to >8k (if they worked out the bugs) does that. A 'regular' Mustang V8 with some parts out of the Ford Catalogue doesn't seem to be worth the >60k range.
- Kcflyer For anywhere over 60k I'm buying a C8 which will run rings around any mustang ever made. I'm a huge mustang fan but......sorry. Now show me a GT with the "good" manual discounted to 40 grand and we can talk.
Honda management tends to be conservative (in the 'prudent' sense of the word) with their major business decisions. Look at how long it took them to put a V-6 in the Accord, or field a competitive minivan, or enter the pickup truck market. If Honda sees a need for a new Civic plant, the long-term prospects probably justify it. I suspect the devaluation of the US dollar (both recent past and near future) is a major driving factor.