Honda’s two automobile transmission plants in the United States are gearing up for their roles in producing Honda’s electric vehicle lineup. This includes production of Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid system used in the Accord Hybrid, CR-V Hybrid and Insight.
“Our Honda plants in Georgia and Ohio represent a transmission powerhouse in America, creating advanced technology components that help power Honda and Acura products for our customers,” said Gerald Bruch, vice president, Honda Development and Manufacturing of America LLC. “We look forward to continued innovation that serves our customers and the communities where our associates live and work.”
Honda’s transmission plant in Ohio will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in July. Since starting transmission production in 1996, the Ohio Transmission Plant has steadily expanded, from 4-speed automatic transmissions to today’s continuous variable pulley driven transmission and two-motor hybrid system transmission for Honda’s hybrids. The plant also makes the P2 Planetary Gear Assembly that is used in every gear setting in the 10-speed automatic transmission produced in Georgia. The Ohio plant also began producing the 4WD rear differentials and transfer assemblies, as well as gear components, in 2005.
Honda’s transmission plant in Georgia is also celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. The company started production in Georgia with 179 associates in 2006. Since then, the plant has expanded operations to include more than 500 associates building 375,000 transmissions annually for the Honda Odyssey and Accord and Acura MDX, RDX and TLX.
The Georgia Transmission Plant began production with 5-speed automatic transmissions and added 6-speed automatic transmissions in 2012. In 2017, the plant added a second assembly line, taking on a new responsibility as the first Honda plant to produce the company’s advanced 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT). Earlier this year, the plant began replacing is original production line to increase production of the 10AT.
Both Honda transmission plants were combined this spring under one new company, Honda Development & Manufacturing of America LLC, which includes all Honda frame, engine and transmission manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and related engineering and purchasing operations.