First Stateside Honda Plant Turns 30 This Year

The 2012 Honda Accord has a lot of things going in it's favor. Not only is it one of the most popular, and best looking vehicles in it's class, this midsize sedan is also one of the first vehicles from the Japanese automaker, or any foreign automaker for that matter, to be made right here in the U.S of A.

The honor of the absolute first foreign car to be produces in the United States goes to the VW Rabbit. The Honda Accord, however, was the first vehicle to be successfully assembled in America. Volkswagen had some issues while bringing their compact car across the pond, so consumers were understandably skeptical when Honda followed suit with their assembly trends. Honda had a trick up their sleeve - well not really -  the simply used quality parts, and ensured the workers in their American plants did the exact same job in assembling the mid-size sedan as was done by their Japanese counterparts.

What does all this mean in the auto-world today? Well, the Rabbit has since bit the dust, but the Accord is still being built at the Marysville, Ohio plant thirty years later. What's more, by doing this, Honda showed other foreign automakers that American assembly was definitely feasible. To quote Denso auto-parts supplier, John Voorhosrt, "It was the opening of the floodgates."1

This didn't just blaze the path for other automakers either. Honda quickly began moving the production of other models to the United States as well. Today, many of the new Honda vehicles that you'll find on the Lujack Honda lot, conveniently located at 3700 N Harrison Street, are made right here in the United States.



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