US – The OEM’s largest engine plant worldwide, covering 2.4m sq.ft, has produced more than 20.1m units since launch, while its workforce has grown from 94 to 2,800 personnel. Over the last four years, the Ohio facility has received investment totalling $2.25 billion.
In 2014, Honda installed at Anna its most advanced engine line in North America. Described as “turbo-capable”, the line measures 93,000 sq.ft and features more than 100 robots. Production of turbo engines began last month to supply a new generation of Civic vehicles, including the European Civic Type R with a 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo engine, which Honda says is the highest-performing Type R engine yet built. The VTEC Turbo is exported to the UK for Civic Type R assembly.
Honda Anna currently has a capacity of 1.16m four- and six-cylinder engines, which are delivered to the OEM’s assembly plants in Ohio, Indiana and Canada as well as the UK. The plant also manufactures steel camshafts, crankshafts, cylinder sleeves and pulley components for Honda’s continuously variable transmissions (CVTs).