Honda Starts Production of 2015 Fit at Mexico Plant
Honda has been planning to increase production in North America, and has now started production of the 2015 Honda Fit at the all-new plant in Celaya, Mexico. By opening the new plant, Honda should now be able to meet rising demand for fuel-efficient vehicles. The plant will help increase overall production in North America to around 1.92 million units annually. Also with the new plant, 95 percent of vehicles sold in the U.S. will be made in North America, an increase from 90 percent last year. Honda's Celaya plant employs 3,200 associates and can produce 200,000 vehicles and engines annually when it reaches full production capacity later this year. Along with the new Fit, the plant will also produce a new compact SUV. "Our new plant in Mexico is based on the Honda Company Principle of maintaining a global viewpoint to supply products of the highest quality, yet at a reasonable price, for worldwide customer satisfaction. In Celaya, we can see these core values in action, with a commitment to the highest quality and efficiency and a focus on creating joy for our customers," said Takanobu Ito, president and CEO of Honda Motor Co., in a recent statement.Honda has introduced new technology to the Celaya facility, previously only seen at the Yorii Plant in Japan. The automaker has added a high-speed servo stamping press, all-new general welder system, new painting process, and a new production line to help make the plant more efficient. Honda is also building a transmission plant at the same site and is expected to begin production in late 2015. Source: Honda
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