Honda to Open Mexican Transmission Plant in 2015
You may not know it, but in the near future, a fair amount of the new Honda autos that will be offered at our Troy, NY dealership will be made in Mexico. To expand U.S. production, the automaker is currently building a new plant in Guanajuato. Additionally, they are also building a new transmission plant.
This transmission plant is set to open in the second half of 2015, while the auto plant is set to open next year, in time to start producing the new 2015 Honda Fit. Although we don’t know how many autos the car plant is set to produce, the transmission facility is set to produce 350,000 units a year, with production set to ramp up to twice that number not long after.
According to a Honda statement, the transmission plant will be producing Continuously Variable Transmissions, which will be a part of the company’s Earth Dreams technology lineup. Earth Dreams is one of Honda’s many forays into cutting down on the fuel economy numbers across its fleet, and the transmissions factory will be essential in bringing it to autos on American roads.
In addition to helping Honda, the plant will also be a great asset for the local economy, by adding 1,500 jobs.
As always, we’ll keep you updated on the happenings of our preferred automaker through the Rensselaer Honda blog. You can also come down to our showroom for more information about the cars in their lineup. Stop by today with questions or to set up a test drive.