Honda has announced that it will begin production of its next generation Acura NSX at its [plant in Marysville, Ohio the end of next month. This is the first time the model will be made outside of Japan in its 27-year history.
While only 800 units (at the rate of 8 cars per day) are expected to be produced, each will carry a base price of $156,000.
According to a report in Forbes, there is no assembly line at the factory, and workers actually push the chassies on a wheeled cart from station to station, where parts are hand assembled. In fact, a master craftsman is said to work an average of 6-hours just building the twin turbocharged V-6 engine, at a separate facility nearby, “hand-starting 547 bolts and manually tightening each one to precise torque tolerances. When done, each engine is tested and broken-in to the equivalent of 150 miles, before being transferred to the main plant, where the lightweight aluminum chassis is mounted on a “rotisserie” fixture so that robots can reach 860 weld points, etc.
According to engineering project leader, Clement D’Souza, the company decided to assemble its top specialty car in the US is a “conscious decision” to tap the market here and “distinguish the brand from other luxury competitors such as Ferrari and Lamborghini.