Honda Investing $180 Million to Expand Earth Dreams Production
Honda is focused on its Ohio operations, as the Japanese automaker has announced a $215 million investment into its Ohio network. With $180 million of that money going toward its Anna engine plant to expand Earth Dreams engine parts production, it's clear Honda is preparing to spread the technology across its U.S. lineup.
Currently, the automaker's umbrella of Earth Dreams engines and transmissions include four new gas engines with direct injection, a turbodiesel engine, three CVTs, and three gas-electric hybrid engines. We recently reported the Honda Civic is poised to receive an Earth Dreams powertrain, likely for the 2014 or 2015 model year. The 2014 or 2015 Honda Civic may receive a CVT as well as an Earth Dreams 1.8-liter I-4 good for 148 hp and 133 lb-ft of torque.
The next-gen 2015 Honda Fit is also slated to get the new tech, possibly with an Earth Dreams 1.5-liter I-4 producing 127 hp and 111 lb-ft of torque, mated to a CVT. Read our First Drive of a Japanese-spec 2015 Fit here. On the SUV side, the Crosstour could get a range of Earth Dreams powertrains if it makes it to the second generation, while a refreshed CR-V could benefit from an Earth Dreams engine or transmission.
The rest of the $215 million investment will go toward a new technical training center at the Anna engine plant, in addition to another new facility in Marysville that will house a training and heritage center, plus more office space. The building is scheduled to open next fall.