Honda breaks ground on new transmission plant in Mexico

Article by Anita Panait, on September 26, 2013

Honda has broken ground on its $470-million transmission plant in Celaya, Mexico, which is expected to commence operations in the second half of 2015. The site will have an initial annual output capacity of 350,000 units and will surge to around 700,000 units. According to Honda, the new Celaya transmission site will result in the creation of around 1,500 new jobs.

The site will supply transmissions not only for its Mexico operations, but also for site outside the country. The Celaya transmission site will focus on producing continuously variable transmissions. It will help boost Honda’s North American annual transmission production from about 1.4 million to more than 1.7 million units in 2016. The carmaker also has transmission plants in Ohio and Georgia in the United States.

The transmission plant is being constructed next to the new $800-million assembly plant that will start producing 2015 Honda Fit in the first half of 2014. Tetsuo Iwamura, Chief Operating Officer of Honda North American regional operations, said in a statement that that carmaker is “establishing a new production base that will achieve outstanding global competitiveness.”

"Our ability to begin operations would be impossible without the enthusiasm and support of the community, and I want to thank the state and federal governments for their efforts to help ensure the success of our operations," said Tetsuo Iwamura, COO of Honda North American Regional Operations."With the growing skills of our new associates in Mexico we are establishing a new production base that will achieve outstanding global competitiveness."

The newly-released 2015 Honda Fit is the third generation of Honda's flexible 5-door subcompact hatchback. First premiered in the U.S. in 2006 as a 2007 model, the Fit was named Car and Driver "10-Best" car for seven years. This and the numerous awards gained by Fit talk about its viability, fuel productivity and affordability, yet additionally it highlights lavishness, high-quality interior and driving satisfaction.

For the totally remodelled 2015 Fit, the distinct fusion of these qualities and the functionality, happiness and enhancement they give have been significantly improved with much more noteworthy flexibility, crisp styling, a more energetic and polished driving experience, and lavishly overhauled innovation and extravagant features.

The flexibility of the 2015 Honda Fit is basic to its design. With class-leading interior space and flexibility, courtesy of its center-mounted fuel tank and innovative Magic Seat, the Fit exemplifies brilliant functionality with spacious and relaxed seating for five and the capacity to carry huge cargo, including long and tall items. The bigger interior highlights a noteworthy 4.9 cubic feet addition in passenger volume and a 4.8-inch increase in rear seat leg space, all the more exceptional considering its much more compact exterior footprint, including a 1.6-inch reduction in total length.

A highly space-efficient fresh body layout teams up with a brand-new chassis to create a totally new, firmer and lighter global subcompact platform including various modifications to front and rear suspension and steering systems that enhance total driving dynamics. The new platform is additionally lighter yet firmer and presents an elongated wheelbase than the prior Fit.

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