- Honda on Thursday said it will invest $23 million to expand an Ohio plant to build the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid.
- The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will go on sale this fall.
- The Accord Hybrid will be the third hybrid built by Honda in the U.S. and the first in Ohio, the company said.
MARYSVILLE, Ohio — Honda on Thursday said it will invest $23 million to expand an Ohio plant to build the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid.
The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will go on sale this fall. Pricing and EPA fuel economy numbers have not been announced.
Marysville will be the sole source of the Accord Hybrid, Honda told Edmunds.
Components for the American-built Accord Hybrid will be sourced from Japan to start. Honda would not provide production projections for the Accord Hybrid here.
"This is not a redo of the old Accord Hybrid with the V6," said Ed Miller, a Honda spokesman, in a phone conversation with Edmunds. "This one has a smaller, more fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine."
This is not the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, which is also in the pipeline, Miller added. Honda has not announced where the Accord Plug-In Hybrid will be built.
Both the Accord Plug-In and Accord Hybrid are equipped with a new Earth Dreams Technology 2.0-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine with a 124-kilowatt traction electric motor and a 105-kW electric motor.
The Accord Hybrid will be the third hybrid built by Honda in the U.S. and the first in Ohio, the company said.
"With more than 30 years of continuously building eight generations of the Honda Accord close to our customers, our team now is using its experience and flexibility to add this sophisticated Accord Hybrid model," said Jeff Tomko, plant manager of the Marysville Auto Plant, in a statement.
The plant will add about 50 workers for the production of the Accord Hybrid.
Edmunds says: This decision gives Honda's U.S. operations the flexibility to build either the Accord or Accord Hybrid in Marysville depending on demand. It's a smart move, especially given the volatility of gas prices.