Honda’s Ohio manufacturing teams have a lot to be thankful for this week. It marks the start of worldwide production of the new 2017 CR-V. The popular model will now be made primarily in the states and will be exported, globally, too.
The global CR-Vs will be built at the East Liberty Plant in Ohio. This marks a big shift for Honda. It’s the first time Honda’s manufactured a vehicle in America for export. Countries that will receive the Ohio-built CR-V include Saudi Arabia, Korea, and Russia.
Earlier this week Honda showed off the first completed 2017 CR-V models off the Ohio line.
Production actually takes place at three North American plants. The other two are in Greensburg, Indiana and Alliston, Ontario. But primary production for the worldwide models will be taking place in Ohio. The plant employs 2,350 people in a two shift set up. They pump out 950 models a day. So yeah, Ohio workers feel free to help yourselves to an extra slice of pumpkin pie this week.
The fifth-generation 2017 CR-V is completely redesigned and engineered. As such the Ohio plant stands apart with special processes and technologies for CR-V production. It features a new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine under the hood. It also gets longer, taller, and wider for more room. New tech includes remote engine start, heated side mirrors, and Electric Parking Brake.
The CR-V is currently the best-selling crossover in the states. In 2015, Honda sold 345,647 CR-Vs. The 2017 goes on sale this winter and arrives globally next year.