A new CVT engine in the 2013 Honda Accord is not only more fuel efficient, but it will also be made in our backyard.
The 2013 Honda Accord, coming to dealerships this fall, debuted in its Western Ohio home over the weekend. Along with an updated front-end design, the new Accord will feature an “Earth Dreams” Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
It debuted in Ohio because the CVT will be built in Western Ohio’s Honda Auto Plant. Expansion will create 150 new jobs in the state.
The 2013 Accord will be offered in a direct-inject 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine, a new CVT transmission, and a 3.5-liter V6 with an optional six-speed automatic. Honda says the new engines will improve fuel economy by 10% over previous models.
Honda only displayed two shots of the new Accord. Honda has updated the front grille, created more sculpted sides, and extended the taillights, giving the Accord a wider and lower appearance.
The Accord expects to have more interior and trunk space compared to previous models.
The 2013 Honda Accord continues the tradition towards making Honda the most “Ohio” vehicle on the road today. In launching CVT in their Ohio plant, Honda is investing $220 million to launch the CVT production for the vehicles produced in North America, including $120 million at Honda Transmission Mfg. of America for the new CVT line that started mass production today, and nearly $100 million at the Anna Engine Plant for the production of the CVT’s high-tech pulley components starting next year.
Associates at Honda Transmission are assembling the Accord CVTs on a new, highly automated assembly line constructed as part of a $70 million, 200,000-squre-foot plant expansion. An additional $50 million is being invested in a 75,000-square-foot expansion of the facility for additional aluminum casting operations to support the CVT assembly line.
At the Anna Engine Plant, construction is under way to utilize 84,000-square-feet of space for production of the CVT pulley components, which involves highly precise lathing, heat-treating, grinding and subassembly operations. Production of the CVT pulleys will begin at the engine plant next year, when that production will transfer from initial CVT pulley production in Japan.
Honda also operates an auto plant in East Liberty, Ohio, that builds the segment-leading Honda CR-V compact sport-utility vehicle (SUV) and the Honda Crosstour crossover utility vehicle, and the Acura RDX luxury SUV. Honda has the capacity to build 680,000 automobiles annually at its two Ohio auto plants.
In addition to manufacturing, Honda has established substantial R&D operations in Ohio, along with other operations that support product development, manufacturing and sales of Honda and Acura products in North America.
We expect the Accord to hit the lot later this Fall, but if you want to be the first to test drive this redesigned model with all the pride of the Buckeye State, contact 330-478-0281, and we’ll put you at the top of the list!