According to Honda Dealerships In CT, Honda is pouring more than $355 million into its Ohio plants to get them ready for full North American production next month after parts shortages triggered by Japan’s March earthquake left Honda and Acura dealers short of models.
Denver Honda said Ohio is home to Honda’s first U.S. wind tunnel, which the automaker created to help boost fuel economy for models designed and built in North America. Toyota, Nissan and Hyundai Motor Co. don’t have wind tunnels in the U.S.
“By the most common productivity metrics, they’re among the most efficient,” said Jeffrey Liker, professor of engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. “They have a history of developing exceptional people and actually keeping them. That allows them to accumulate knowledge and continue to learn.”
Used Acura CT said that Honda is also investing an additional $94 million to upgrade its Lincoln, Alabama, plant which builds Odyssey minivans and Pilot crossover. The automaker also recently announced that it will build an $800 million plant in central Mexico that will make 200,000 small cars a year after it opens in 2014.