Motor Co. Ltd. says it will produce its upcoming Accord Crosstour cross/utility vehicle at its East Liberty, OH, assembly plant.
The new model goes on sale in the U.S. this fall.
of America Mfg. Inc. President and CEO Hidenobu Iwata made the sourcing announcement Thursday at a ceremony to mark 30 years of manufacturing in the U.S.
“The addition of the Accord Crosstour not only signifies our commitment to the state, but also our trust in the Ohio associates to build this top-of-the-line new Honda vehicle,” Iwata says.
Other Honda Ohio facilities will benefit from the addition of the Accord Crosstour at East Liberty, including the Anna engine plant and Russells Point automatic-transmission operation, both of which will supply the new vehicle.
Honda says it has produced more than 13 million automobiles, 17 million engines, 1 million motorcycles, 2 million all-terrain vehicles and nearly 13 million automatic transmissions in Ohio over the past 30 years.
It ended motorcycle output at its Marysville, OH, plant in June and is in the process of converting that operation into a consolidation center for components used to make the Accord sedan and coupe, Acura TL sedan and Acura RDX CUV built there.
The 20-year-old East Liberty plant currently makes the Honda CR-V and Honda Element CUVs and will continue to produce those models alongside the Accord Crosstour. Honda cleared room for the vehicle at the plant in February, when it ceased Civic production there.