Acura begins 2016 ILX production in Ohioby Justin King
The company has sold two million North American-made vehicles, 20 years after establishing production capabilities in the US.
Acura is celebrating the start of 2016 ILX production at its Marysville, Ohio factory.
Honda's luxury division recently achieved a major milestone in the US, selling two million North American-made vehicles since the company first established production capabilities in the US two decades ago. The East Liberty Plant was built in 1995 to produce the CL.
"This year marks the 20th anniversary of the start of Acura production in Ohio, so the introduction of the ILX is another exciting stage in our history with the Acura brand," says plant manager Rob May.
Production of the ILX began in 2012 at the company's Greensburg, Indiana plant, while the next-generation model will be assembled alongside the TLX sedan at the Ohio facility.
The 2016 model introduces a direct-injected four-cylinder i-VTEC engine, sending 201 horsepower to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. It also features refreshed body styling and interior upgrades.
The company claims that 94 percent of Acura-badged vehicles sold in America in 2014 were sourced from factories in Indiana, Ohio and Alabama.