Almost 12 years to the day since it started mass production back in November of 2001, Honda’s manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Alabama has built its 3 millionth vehicle. It was an important benchmark for both the American economy and American Honda, according to Tom Shoupe, president of Honda Manufacturing Alabama. Said Shoupe: “The commitment and dedication of our 4,000 associates has allowed HMA to achieve this production milestone and fulfill our commitment to more than 3 million Honda customers across the globe.”
Those efforts also have allowed Honda to invest $450 million in the plant over just the past two years, adding more than 400 jobs during that period as well. By now, approximate production totals from the Alabama plant to date include:
- 1.62 million Honda Odyssey minivans, which is all of them, since the Alabama plant is the sole international source for Honda’s award-winning minivan.
- 1.02 million units of the Honda Pilot, the three-row crossover that’s the most fuel-efficient eight-passenger vehicle in its segment.
- 90,000 Honda Ridgeline trucks, including the 2014 Special Edition that’s at dealerships now and priced from $37,505.
- 50,000 Acura MDXs, including the current second-gen model that recently was named Autoguide’s 2014 Utility of the Year.
The Alabama plant also assisted with production of the Honda Accord in the 2009 and 2010 calendar years, when the facility built about 27,000 units; in addition, just to be clear, the facility builds the 3.5-liter V-6 engines that power all of those vehicles. But it wasn’t the only American Honda manufacturing site to celebrate a major milestone early in December: Just days before the Alabama achievement, Honda’s East Liberty Auto Plant in Ohio had welcomed its 1 millionth Honda CR-V.
Written by Charles Krome.
Photo courtesy of Honda.