Greensburg, Indiana – Honda has started building the CR-V small crossover at its Indiana plant, a facility that it built in 2008 to boost production of the Civic small car.
With fuel prices consistently low, crossovers and sport utility vehicle says have been booming for the past few years, while car sales declined. Honda has been emblematic of that trend. Historically a car-driven producer, the automaker sold more trucks, crossover and sport utilities in January than cars.
Seeing the trend building last year, Honda officials announced plants in March 2016 to spend $52 million to add the CR-V to Greensburg, a move that expands availability of the crossover and frees up space in Honda’s East Liberty, Ohio, plant to make more Acura MDX and Acura RDX luxury crossovers. Honda ended CR-V production at its Guadalajara, Mexico, plant to make room for more HR-V small crossovers, one of Honda’s biggest hit vehicles in 2016.
Honda added 100 jobs in Indiana to support the new vehicle.
"We are leveraging the manufacturing flexibility of our experienced Indiana associates to meet the needs of our customers," says Bob Nelson, president of Honda Manufacturing of Indiana. "With the CR-V and Civic, we are really proud to build two of America's best-selling vehicles in Indiana."
About the author: Robert Schoenberger is the editor of Today's Motor Vehicles and a contributor to Today's Medical Developments and Aerospace Manufacturing and Design. He has written about the automotive industry for more than 17 years at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio; The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky; and The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi.