Honda celebrated the production of a 2016 Acura RDX – the 5 millionth vehicle that rolled out of its East Liberty Auto Plant – last April. The company is marking this major milestone along with the start of production of the recently freshened up and fast-selling 2016 Acura RDX luxury sport-utility.
The East Liberty Auto Plant began producing vehicles in 1989. It rolls out a variety of light trucks and passenger trucks. Honda actually started auto production in America seven years ago at the Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio. Some of the Honda models that are built here are the Civic Sedan and Coupe, Accord Sedan, Crosstour, Civic GX compressed natural gas vehicle, Element, and the Honda CR-V (recognized as the 2015 Motor Trend SUV of the Year).
The plant builds two Acura models: the CL Coupe and RDX. The East Liberty Plant is scheduled to increase light truck production in the early part of 2017 starting with the Acura MDX. According to Tim Myers, East Liberty plant manager, its team is proud to represent all the associates in the last 26 years who have worked to achieve this milestone.
He added that this team satisfies its customers by continuing to challenge and reach “new levels of quality and efficiency.” Myers considers significant how this milestone and the launch of the production of the 2016 Acura RDX came at the same time. He cited the impact of this event on Honda’s US manufacturing.
East Liberty, which had its 25th anniversary last year, is looking forward to a production lineup that consists of the updated 2016 Acura RDX that recently had its best-ever year, the CR-V that was the topselling SUV in the U.S. last year and the best-selling SUV of the past 10 years. The plant is also now preparing for the Acura MDX’s productionin 2017.
Major renovations have recently been completed at the East Liberty plant to improve its assembly operations. It has replaced its main and sub-assembly lines. With these improvements, the plant will be able to leverage its flexible manufacturing capabilities. There are about 2,350 employees in the East Liberty plant, which has an annual production capacity of 240,000 passenger cars and light trucks.