Acura has announced that production of the 2017 Acura MDX has started at the Honda East Liberty Auto Plant (ELP) in Ohio, which is one of two plants in the U.S. that will build the MDX. ELP joins Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, Alabama. in producing the MDX.

The production shift for the MDX will allow for more Honda Pilot production

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With the addition of MDX production at ELP, five of Acura’s six products are now built in Ohio. The MDX, RDX, TLX, ILX and even the NSX are all built in Ohio.

ELP invested $85 million for the addition of new welding equipment, the extension of vehicle conveyors and other changes required to support production of the MDX, and will assume sole production of the MDX this fall. This will enable the Alabama plant to increase production of the Honda Pilot.

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“From our startup three decades ago producing small sedans to the three different light trucks we build today, our associates continue to demonstrate the skills needed for high quality and flexible manufacturing,” said Tim Myers, East Liberty Auto Plant Manager. “I’m proud of the commitment of our team to take on new challenges to meet the needs of our customers.”

Source: Acura