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Honda Starts Production Of 2017 CR-V In Indiana

By James Yu , Feb 16, 2017 01:05 PM EST
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Prior to the launch of the 2017 CR-V in December last year, Honda already expected it to be the top-seller in the segment. What the Japanese automaker did not expect however, is that the 2017 CR-V will have a bigger market demand than originally anticipated. Due to this, Honda will now be producing CR-Vs in its plant in Indiana.

Honda's 2016 Investment In Indiana

As reported, an investment of $52 million was made by Honda in its manufacturing plant in Indiana for it to be able to support the production of the CR-V and Civic. It appears that the demand for the 2017 Honda CR-V is proving too much to handle and the automaker needed a boost in its production capability. "We are leveraging the manufacturing flexibility of our experienced Indiana associates to meet the needs of our customers," said Bob Nelson, President of Honda Manufacturing of Indiana in a report. Nelson further mentioned that along with the 2017 Honda CR-V, the Indiana plant will also be manufacturing the Honda Civic.

Other Plants Start Mobilizing

According to a report from Motor Trend, Honda's facility in East Liberty, Ohio was the first plant to start the production of the 2017 Honda CR-V. In addition, Honda's plant in Ontario, Canada has also started mobilizing. It was mentioned in the same report that the 2017 Honda CR-V would likely take the place of the Honda Civic as the overall best-selling vehicle in the U.S. market. Considering the fact that SUVs are on the highest demand at present, this projection is not far-fetched.

2017 Honda CR-V: Quick Facts

The 2017 Honda CR-V was launched in the U.S. market in Dec. 21, 2016 with an updated powertrain along with new features and design. Reports state that the 2017 Honda CR-V offers two choices for the engine. One is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 184 horsepower and the other is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that cranks out 190 horsepower. The 2017 Honda CR-V has a base price of $24,985 as reported.

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