Honda Begins Production Of 2019 Passport In Alabama

Honda has started mass production of the new 2019 Passport SUV in their Alabama factory, ahead of a sales launch early next year.

The start of the new Passport’s production was celebrated by more than 1,500 associates at the facility, which will be the exclusive factory for the new Honda SUV.

Revealed last month at the LA Auto Show, the new Honda Passport will slot between the CR-V and the Pilot as the company’s more adventurous SUV in the range.

“The positive response to Passport really signals Honda is poised to compete in this segment,” said Lara Harrington, Chief Engineer and Passport Development Leader. “The Honda Passport is designed to bring a more personal, rugged and off-road SUV to our award- winning light truck lineup and we are all excited to see where this new product will take us.”

Power comes from Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 with 280hp and 262lb-ft of torque, paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The optional i-VTM4 all-wheel drive system features active torque vectoring to send up to 70 percent of the torque to the rear axle, and 100 percent of the torque to either the left or the right rear wheel.

Honda describes the new Passport as its “most rugged light truck yet”; ground clearance is up by 0.5 inches on FWD models and up by 1.1 inches on AWD models compared to the bigger Pilot, with which it shares most of its underpinnings.

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  • Craig

    Aren’t MOST Honda’s made in the US? And yet it would be, “very costly’ to built a GM SUV in Ohio?

    • Rocket

      Many are, but none of Honda’s US plants have a UAW workforce.

      • Craig

        Those severe limitation have worked very well for all Japanese auto manufacturers. Too bad the Americans didn’t follow suit. They are better than they used to be [in this regard] but still have long way to go.

        • Rocket

          They work well from a cost standpoint, yes. But of course it’s frustrating from a consumer’s standpoint. Honda owners are willing to live with a gray interior to get the blue exterior they like, and can live without common factory-installed options if it means taking the trim they can afford. Domestic and European buyers tend to like more choice, which is one of the key characteristics separating buyer demographics. Ford is now limiting configuration combinations in the interest of cost-cutting, but nowhere near as severely as the Asians.

    • pxsupply

      They have a factory in Ohio as well (Honda)

    • krusshall

      Looks like you are cherry picking information for effect. The statement was it would be very costly to shift production from Mexico to Ohio. The assembly plant in Mexico is already configured for larger vehicles like the Blazer. The Lordstown plant is not and therefore it would require a significant makeover.

      • Craig

        Honda didn’t start building vehicles in the US last week. GM had plenty of time to think WELL ahead.

        • krusshall

          They did. The previous generation SRX used the Mexican assembly plant. Then the XT5 replaced the SRX and production of it moved to Spring Hill alongside other vehicles of similar architecture. So the Mexican assembly plant was now available to take on a similarly sized vehicle i.e. the Blazer. And look up where Honda manufactures the Fit and HRV. It was “very costly” to build them in Ohio.

          • Dude

            I’m calling BS unless you have a source, because I can’t find anything about them saying that about the Fit.

          • krusshall

            Try harder. Or ask for help.

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      Mary Barra was on Hillary Clinton’s list of possible Vice-President candidates. She’s doing for political reasons, oh and the fact that Mexicans are cheaper to employ.

  • charlotteharry57

    Since its plant mates, the Pilot, Odyssey and Ridgeline, are all of Honda’s least reliable vehicles, I’d imagine this will be too. One reason why the Highlander eats the Pilot’s lunch…

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      Oh hey EL CHAPO, I see you’ve got multiple screen names.

      You’re not fooling anyone.

  • Paul

    GM and Ford need to match this with more 4X4 capable products.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      Ford has two vehicles in the pipeline for release in CY2019 as MY2020 or MY2021 models.

      I’m honestly excited to see the new Bronco.

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