Honda has launched production of a new, 10-speed automatic transmission for global sale at its Honda Precision Parts of Georgia plant in Tallapoosa.

The automaker said it had spent around US$150m at two US manufacturing plants for production of what it claims is the industry's first 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT) for front drive vehicles. 

That included $100m for a new assembly line and production modifications at HPPG and an additional $49m for new equipment and increased production capacity at Honda Transmission Mfg of America in Russells Point, Ohio.

Developed by Honda R&D, the new transmission is a low-friction design, claimed to deliver outstanding driveability. It will appear first in upper grades of the redesigned 2018 Odyssey minivan, launching this spring, and in additional light truck and car models later.

"We are honoured to be the global lead plant for production of the 10AT," said Masahiko Kayama, president of Honda Precision Parts of Georgia.

HPPG was established in 2006 and annually produces more than 375,000 transmissions for Honda and Acura models.

HTM began production in 1996 and now produces a million transmissions a year for vehicles built in North America.