Honda’s luxury arm Acura today announced that the much-anticipated NSX supercar will be built in Ohio at a new Performance Manufacturing Center. The $70 million (€53.9 million) production plant that will occupy 184,000 square feet (17,100 square meters) will be housed inside Honda’s former North American Logistics facility.
The new plant will employ approximately 100 workers drawn from within Honda’s existing operations in Ohio. The V6 hybrid powertrain for the NSX will also be assembled at Honda’s engine plant in Anna, Ohio.
“The location of this facility is in the midst of one of the greatest collections of engineering and production talent in the world. So it makes sense that we will renew the dream and build this high-tech, supercar in Marysville, Ohio,” said Hidenobu Iwata, president & CEO of Honda of America.
Honda also announced that Honda R&D Americas chief engineer Ted Klaus (pictured below) will lead the global team developing the new NSX, with Clement D’Souza heading the team that will bring NSX to mass production in 2015.
Developed by a global R&D team led by designers and engineers at Honda R&D Americas, the all-new Acura NSX will be powered by a mid-mounted V6 engine mated to a new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system.
While the original NSX was built in Japan, the next-generation supercar will be made exclusively in North America and will be exported from there to all over the world, with most markets to get the sports model as a Honda.
By Dan Mihalascu