Win for Indiana: Honda to produce 2013 Civic Hybrid in the US(Read article summary)
In a move that should benefit US manufacturing, Honda has announced it will move production of the 2013 Civic Hybrid to Indiana. The move will mark the first time the Civic Hybrid sedan has been made outside of Japan since it launched in 2001.
Honda says it has invested $40 million in its Indiana production facilities to increase its annual production to 250,000 cars per year.
It also plans to hire 300 new production staff later this year in preparation for the increased production.
The facility, which already produces the 2012 Civic Sedan and 2012 Civic Natural Gas, already has experience with hybrid production.
Since April this year, the facility has been making U.S.-market 2012 Acura ILX Hybrids.
Despite outwards appearances, the two cars share a common platform, engine and mild-hybrid drivetrain.
The move will mark the first time the Civic Hybrid sedan has been made outside of Japan since it launched in 2001.
There’s no details yet on how the change of production facility will affect the 2013 Civic Hybrid’s price, although from past experience domestically-produced cars tend to be cheaper than ones manufactured overseas.