This year marks the 30th anniversary of Honda’s first U.S. manufacturing plant, located in Marysville, Ohio, and the automaker recently celebrated in ideal fashion. Late in August, the much-revised Marysville facility built the very first all-new 2013 Honda Accord for this country’s retail customers, with millions likely to follow. After all, according to MD Honda Dealer, the Ohio plant already has assembled more than 9 million Accords since it first went online in 1982, with continued success likely in the cards.
“This new Accord excels in all areas, and it’s being built in a plant that excels in all areas as well—including flexibility, efficiency and quality for the customer,” said Hide Iwata, president and CEO of Honda of America Mfg. “For 30 years, the Accord has been the signature vehicle from Honda, and it remains the industry benchmark in a very competitive segment.”
Slated to go on sale in September at dealerships like Honda Houston, the ninth-generation Accord also will be the first with Honda’s new “Earth Dreams” powertrain technology. The latest Honda effort to raise the bar in terms of automotive efficiency will provide the Accord with two new engines (I4 and V6) and two new transmissions (a CVT and a six-speed automatic). Meanwhile, Bay Area Honda Dealers asserted that both versions should provide an exceptionally dynamic driving experience combined with equally exceptional fuel economy, as well as a host of cutting-edge technologies like Lane Departure Warning, Front Collision Warning, a blind-spot alert system, and standard Bluetooth and Pandora interfaces.
It’s a combination that certainly appeals to the folks at Columbia Used Honda. Jeff Tomko, the plant manager at Marysville, who said that: “The styling is outstanding, the features are impressive and the technology is unlike any other vehicle in this segment. But what really makes this vehicle great is the hands-on craftsmanship that each of our associates have put into building this new Accord.”