LINCOLN, Ala. -- Honda Motor Co. will expand its engine-building capacity here to keep up with production of the Pilot SUV and Odyssey minivan.
Honda will spend $70 million to add engine head and block machining capacity, as well as production of crankshafts and connector rods at the Lincoln, Ala., assembly plant. The project will last about four months.
The plant simultaneously produces Odyssey and Pilot engines.
This year's North American Odyssey production is 25 percent ahead of last year's level. The plant is building Odysseys at an annualized rate of more than 200,000.
In 2004, American Honda Motor Co. sold 154,238 Odysseys and 128,158 Pilots.
Lincoln's engine expansion comes as it ramps up output on its second Alabama line. The company anticipates it will reach full production of 1,200 minivans and SUVs a day, or 300,000 a year, in mid-summer.
Chuck Ernst, Lincoln plant manager, says the facility is ramping up its line speed and will need the additional engines within four months.
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