Honda Motor is expanding capability for the new generation of its CR-V sport utility automobile, moving production to the United States from Mexico in a move that will intensify competitors in among the United States car industry’s hottest sectors.
Honda executives revealed the re-engineered 2017 CR-V Wednesday at Detroit’s Eastern Market. They stated the company plans to broaden overall output of the automobiles in North America by constructing CR-Vs at factories located in Alliston, Ontario, East Liberty, Ohio and for the very first time at a plant located in Greensburg, Indiana.
The Indiana factory will take CR-V manufacturing from a factory in Mexico, company executives stated. The Greensburg plant can produce about 250,000 automobiles a year, and will continue to develop Civic compact cars together with CR-Vs, Honda informed.
With the additional production, “it’s possible next year CR-V might be our best selling automobile,” stated Jeff Conrad, general manager of the Honda Department. The brand-new CR-V goes on sale late this year. Honda did not reveal rates or mileage information on Wednesday. The 2016 CR-V begins at $24,745.
Honda’s manufacturing strategy shows broader difficulties for automobile makers as U.S. customers turn toward sport utility automobiles such as the CR-V and apart from sedans such as the Honda Civic.