Honda has celebrated the global start of mass production for the new 2017 Honda CR-V at the East Liberty Auto Plant (ELP) in East Liberty, Ohio. Slated to go on sale at dealerships across North America this winter, the redesigned and reengineered 2017 CR-V is the fifth generation of Honda's five-passenger compact SUV. Honda says it is the first time a Honda plant in the US has led the mass production efforts for a global Honda model.

Honda says it is the best-selling SUV in America over the past 20 years, with cumulative US sales of nearly four million units since the model's introduction in 1997.

"Our Ohio team did an incredible job as the lead plant for the global launch of this new Honda CR-V and we look forward to sharing this world-class 2017 CR-V with our customers in the US, North America and around the world." said Tim Myers, plant manager at the East Liberty Auto Plant. "With a first-ever available turbocharged engine that is also built right here in Ohio we believe the CR-V will continue to set the standard for compact SUVs."

As the global lead plant for this fifth-generation CRV, ELP will not only be the first plant in the world to launch the new CR-V into mass production, but has also developed the processes and technologies that will form the manufacturing base for CR-V production at ten Honda plants globally. This is the first time a Honda plant in the US has led the mass production efforts for a global model.

In addition to the East Liberty Plant, CR-V also will be built at Honda of Canada Mfg. in Alliston, Ont. and Honda Manufacturing of Indiana in Greensburg, Ind. In a CR-V first, the new 1.5-litre turbocharged engine is built exclusively at the Honda engine plant in Anna, Ohio.

The East Liberty Plant employs 2,350 associates and has the annual capacity to manufacture 240,000 passenger cars and light trucks. The 2.8 million square foot plant started production in December 1998 and currently makes the Honda CR-V and the Acura RDX sport-utility vehicles. The plant will add production of the Acura MDX luxury 3-row SUV next year, which will be dual-sourced from ELP and from Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, Alabama, where it is currently built.

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