Honda Adding Second Plant for Acura MDX Production on High Demand
Ohio to Join Alabama as Source for Midsize Crossover
When you’re hot, you’re hot. Crossovers are flying off dealer lots like deep-fried Snickers at a county fair. This has resulted in a happy dilemma for Honda’s upscale Acura brand, with unexpectedly high demand for the recently redesigned Acura MDX. Production of the model started at its Lincoln, Alabama, plant, which produces the MDX, Honda Odyssey, and Pilot SUV. But to supplement production coming out of Alabama, Honda will add the MDX to its production lineup at its East Liberty, Ohio, plant.
The East Liberty plant will get an investment of $85 million to accommodate the added MDX production, where it will join the smaller Acura RDX, Honda Crosstour, and Honda CR-V. East Liberty will also be the future source of the next-generation Honda Ridgeline pickup.
Honda claims the Acura MDX is the best-selling three-row SUV of all time. For January 2015, the MDX was by far the brand’s best-selling model, with 4,381 units sold, with the second-best selling Acura model being the RDX crossover. Acura sold a total of 65,603 MDXs in 2014, a 23.7 percent increase over the previous year. The 2016 Honda Pilot, the second model built on Honda’s next-generation light-truck platform, debuts this week at the Chicago Auto Show.