Honda kicks off 2017 CR-V production in Ohio

Honda will build the CR-V at three North American factories, two in the US and one in Canada.

Honda has kicked off series production for its redesigned 2017 CR-V in East Liberty, Ohio.

The fifth-generation CR-V represents Honda's first-ever global production launch in Ohio. The US factory has been tasked with developing processes and selecting tooling that will be used to build the new CR-V at 10 different Honda plants spread across the globe.

"This is the first time a Honda plant in the U.S. has led the mass production efforts for a global model," the Japanese automaker says.

The popular crossover will eventually be built at three North American facilities, including a Canadian assembly plant in Alliston, Ontario, and a factory in Greensburg, Indiana.

The fourth-generation CR-V does not seem to be experiencing the typical sales drop ahead of a product refresh, with deliveries up by 4.4 percent in the US last month and 1.8 percent for the first 10 months of the year.

The new model boasts modernized styling, bringing the crossover up to speed with the design language of the smaller HR-V and 10th-generation Civic. Its interior has been refined with higher-quality materials and Honda's latest infotainment and assistance technology. Buyers will be able to choose from two different engines, a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated mill or a 1.5-liter turbocharged powerplant.

The CR-V is claimed to be the best-selling SUV in America over the past 20 years, with cumulative sales approaching four million units since the model was first introduced in 1997.

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