Production of 2014 Acura MDX Begins in Alabama

                Production of 2014 Acura MDX Begins in Alabama

PR Newswire

LINCOLN, Ala., May 2, 2013

LINCOLN, Ala., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley joined
more than 1,500 associates at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) today to
celebrate the start of mass production of the all-new 2014 Acura MDX luxury
sport utility vehicle.

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HMA is now the exclusive global production source of the Acura MDX, along with
key Honda light truck models, including the Odyssey minivan, the Pilot sport
utility vehicle and the Ridgeline pickup. HMA also builds the V-6 engines that
power each model. The 2014 Acura MDX features an all-new Earth Dreams
Technology direct injection V-6 engine going into production in North America
for the first time.

"Today, we celebrate a new Alabama-made vehicle, fueled by the pride of Honda
associates who are committed to exceeding the expectations of our Acura
customers," said Tom Shoupe, HMA president. 

Designed, engineered and developed in the U.S., the seven-passenger Acura MDX
has long been a benchmark vehicle in its segment and Acura's top-selling
vehicle for the past year. Built on a completely new platform, the redesigned
2014 MDX offers improved ride comfort, a more versatile and luxurious cabin,
class-leading fuel economy and enhanced dynamic performance.

"What a beautiful vehicle we have created together," said Jim Keller, chief
engineer for the 2014 Acura MDX at Honda R&D in Raymond, Ohio. "Today we
celebrate not a finish line, but a starting line. Our race is just beginning,
and to win this race takes a constant and committed focus on quality and on
the customer."

The 2014 MDX, which will go on sale at Acura dealers nationwide in the coming
weeks, is also designed to achieve the highest available safety ratings, and
will be offered for the first time in a more affordable and even more
fuel-efficient two-wheel-drive configuration. Pricing information will be
announced closer to the on-sale date.

About Honda Manufacturing of Alabama
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama began production in 2001 with the Honda Odyssey
minivan and now produces four vehicles and V-6 engines at its $2 billion
facility in Lincoln. Using domestic and globally sourced parts, cumulative
production in Alabama is now nearing three million vehicles and engines. HMA
has invested almost $400 million during the past 24 months and has hired an
additional 400 associates in both process and professional positions. HMA has
also increased its production capacity by 40,000 units to a total of 340,000
vehicles and V-6 engines each year and now employs more than 4,000 associates.

About Honda Operations in North America
Honda now operates 14 major manufacturing facilities in North America,
producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and
transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, and power equipment products such
as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, using domestic and
globally sourced parts.

Seven Honda auto plants in the North American region, including four in the
U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.63 million automobiles each year. In
2012, 90 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were
produced in North America. This will increase to 1.92 million vehicles per
year in 2014, when the sales percentage of locally produced automobiles is
expected to rise to more than 95 percent.

About Acura
Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury
vehicles through a network of 272 dealers within the United States. The Acura
lineup features seven distinctive models including the all-new RLX luxury
flagship sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX Sport Wagon and
sedan, the ILX compact luxury sedan, the RDX luxury crossover SUV, the MDX
luxury sport utility vehicle and the ZDX four-door sports coupe.

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SOURCE Honda Manufacturing of Alabama

Contact: Ted Pratt, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC, (205) 355-5137,, (205) 515-8579 cell, or Mark Morrison, Honda
Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC, (205) 355-5136,,
(205) 837-8678 cell
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