The 2017 Honda CR-V is now being built at a second U.S. plant.
CR-V production kicked off at the Honda Manufacturing of Indiana plant this week. It’s the first SUV to roll down the production line at the plant since it opened in 2008.
The plant already builds the Civic. Both vehicles are best-sellers in their class. The CR-V takes the top-selling compact crossover prize, while the Civic takes the cake for the best-selling compact car.
Honda invested $52 million in the plant to add CR-V production, which also meant creating 100 new jobs. It also politically lines up with President Trump’s plans to raise import taxes. Previously, Honda built and imported the CR-V from a plant in Mexico.
The all-new 2017 CR-V is the fifth-generation of the model that’s been a best-seller in the U.S. for over 20 years. It’s also built in Ohio and Ontario, Canada.
Aside from Honda continuing to do well in the U.S., business has also been booming for it in Europe. It actually took the top slot as Europe’s fastest growing brand for 2016.