Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. will expand its capacity for V-6 engine production in the United States as demand for bigger-engined vehicles continues to rise for the automaker.
Honda will attempt to ease a bottleneck in its V-6 production by adding crankshaft machining capacity.
The move will require a $24.6 million investment to add 38,000 square feet of floor space to Honda's Anna Engine Plant in Anna, Ohio. Of that figure, about $20 million will go toward new tooling for the crankshaft line. Honda produces its own crankshafts at the Anna plant.
A spokeswoman for the automaker said the effort is to increase engine output through the least expensive means - in this case, eliminating a bottleneck that has constrained production.
Honda has built four-cylinder engines for the Accords and Civics it built in Marysville, Ohio, since the mid-1980s. But in the past few years, the automaker has introduced V-6 production and gradually shifted more of its plant capacity to the larger engines.
Last year, the company launched an Odyssey minivan that requires a six-cylinder engine, and on Feb. 21 Honda unveiled a new Ohio-produced Acura CL luxury coupe that also requires a V-6. Meanwhile, a growing percentage of Accord production also consumes Anna's V-6 production, and Honda also exports V-6 engines to Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Mexico.