Honda to invest $98 million in Anna plant for CVT pulley parts

Article by Anita Panait, on February 2, 2012

Honda Motor Co. will pour in $98 million into its Anna, Ohio, engine plant to produce pulley components for its continuously variable transmissions. The company aims to start production of the pulley components in 2013. "The production of this new CVT technology puts the Buckeye State right in the middle of Honda's global strategy," according to Hide Iwata, CEO of Honda of America Manufacturing.

The CVTs are part of Honda's next-generation powertrain technologies with the aim of boosting performance and fuel efficiency. The Anna outlay is aligned with Honda’s $120 million investment intended for modernization and expansion of its Russells Point, Ohio, plant, which will commence producing the CVT this summer. Both investments will create a combined 150 new jobs.

Since November 2010, the company has disclosed over $500 million in investments for advanced technologies and systems at its four Ohio plants. The company’s Acura brand will develop and produce the recently unveiled Acura NSX at a new manufacturing operation in central Ohio.

"Our associates have incredible experience and we are counting on them to help us introduce an even higher level of powertrain technology for our customers," Anna Engine Plant Manager, John Spoltman, said. "The new CVT technology will be mated with Honda's new Earth Dreams 2.4-liter direct-injection engine, which will also be produced here at the Anna Engine Plant."

The 2012 Honda Civic model range continues the Japanese carmaker’s efforts to give customers a choice of powertrains such as Compressed Natural Gas, gasoline, and hybrid, giving buyers everything they want in a car. The carmaker has a reputation for top-notch engine technology as well as continued improvements and innovations. The carmaker’s pursuit for better performance, better fuel economy and lower emissions is behind its powertrain engineering.

Civic Sedan, Civic HF and Civic Coupe all have the 140 hp iVTEC engine as standard. You can choose between a manual or automatic transmission (both five-speed) to pair with the 1.8-L engine. Meanwhile the Civic HF, Civic EX and EX-L Sedans, and the Civic EX-L Coupe come only with automatic transmission.

Another variant of the 1.8-L engine gives you 110 hp of power using compressed natural gas. This engine paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission is found inside the Honda Civic Natural Gas. Meanwhile the Si model has a 2.4-L 201-horsepower i-VTEC engine that has a six-speed manual transmission while the Civic Hybrid has a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine that features Integrated Motor Assist, which gives outstanding 110 hp of power and is paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission.

The Powertrain for Civic Coupe, Civic Sedan, Civic Natural Gas, and Civic HF

Honda Civic Coupe, Civic Sedan, Civic Natural Gas, and Civic HF all have a refined and updated variant of the I-4 engine that ran the previous Civic models. The 1.8-L engine has a wide variety of changes that lower emissions, increase fuel savings and lowers friction.

The Single Overhead Cam inline 4-cylinder engine has 16 valves, a dual-stage intake manifold and i-VTEC. For the Civic Sedan, Civic HF and Civic Coupe, the engine has an output of 140 horsepower when running at 6300 rpm, as well as torque of 128 lb-ft. at 4300 rpm. In the Civic Coupe and Sedan, the 1.8-liter engine paired with automatic transmission has an impressive fuel efficiency of 28 mpg for city driving and 39 mpg for highway driving.

Topics: honda, investment, cvt

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