Production of the All-New 2013 Acura RDX Begins in Ohio
3/19/2012 10:31:00 PM
Acura dealers, local community leaders and public officials joined associates at the plant today as the first mass-produced 2013 Acura RDX rolled off the assembly line. Also on hand for the line-off event was John Mendel, executive vice president of sales at American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
"Acura is a brand for luxury customers who aspire to the highest levels ofquality and value, and the East Liberty team is going to play a very important role for us as we move forward with production of this exceptional new Acura RDX," Mendel said. "We know the East Liberty plant is one of the best in the world, as is evident by your high quality rankings."
Located northwest of Columbus in Logan County, the East Liberty plant was the recipient of a Silver Award from J.D. Power and Associates for its outstanding quality in 2011. The plant will produce the second-generation Acura RDX for the U.S. and export markets, using domestic and globally sourced parts. In December, 2011, theplant launched the all-new 2012 Honda CR-V, America's most popular SUV in January and February of 2012. The East Liberty Plant is the sole production source for the new Acura RDX and is responsible for manufacturing themajority of Honda CR-V models for U.S. customers.
"We are proud to be the exclusive global manufacturer of the luxury Acura RDX," said East Liberty Auto Plant manager, John Mayberry. "Our associates work hard to exceed the expectations of every customer, and as a team we are committed to producing the best products in the world."
In addition to the finished product, the engines and automatic transmissions for the Acura RDX and Honda CR-V also are made in Ohio, at the Honda of America engine plant in Anna, and at Honda Transmission Mfg. in Russells Point.
The Acura RDX also is an important product for domestic suppliers in Ohio and the rest of North America that manufacture parts and components for its production. More than 80 suppliers in Ohio manufacture parts for the 2013 RDX. Overall, approximately 150 suppliers in Ohioand 600 in North America produce parts for Honda's seven auto plants in North America. Honda's parts purchases from Ohio suppliers totaled nearly $6 billion in 2011, and $16 billion in North America.
The East Liberty Auto Plant began producing automobiles in 1989 and currently employs approximately 2,500 associates. In addition to the RDX and CR-V, the 1.9-million-square-foot