Honda launches RDX production in Ohio [VIDEO]

Honda launches RDX production in Ohio [VIDEO]

Small luxury crossover fills fast-growing market niche

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East Liberty, Ohio – Acura has started mass production of the 2019 Acura RDX, a critical vehicle given the popularity of small, luxury crossovers in today’s market. Acura parent company Honda invested $54 million in new technologies and processes at the East Liberty Auto Plant (ELP) to support the RDX.

New technologies at the East Liberty Auto Plant include a new roller hemming process for the RDX's ultra-wide panoramic moonroof and the use of high-performance structural adhesives for enhanced body rigidity. A new multi-layer paint system allows the introduction of Acura-exclusive premium exterior color options.

"This new RDX defines the future of Acura, and our Ohio team did an incredible job preparing this first in a new generation of Acura vehicles for our customers," said Jim Hefner, plant manager at the East Liberty Auto Plant. "Paired with a new Ohio-made 2L Turbo engine, an all-new platform, and a host of new technologies, the 2019 RDX sets a new high bar for style, performance and sophistication in a compact luxury SUV."

The RDX is the top-selling nameplate in the compact luxury SUV segment since its launch in 2006, with cumulative U.S. sales of more than 375,000 units (through end of April 2018). RDX is coming off its 3rd straight year of 50,000 or higher sales (2015-17).

The 2019 model is the first RDX to be designed and developed in America. Styling design of the RDX was conducted by the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles, California, with development undertaken by the company's North American R&D team, based in Raymond, Ohio.

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