Honda to announce new plant site tomorrow

Honda will announce Tuesday where in Central Ohio it will build its NSX sports car.

In January 2012, Honda and Acura first announced that the company would build its NSX “super car” somewhere near its existing assembly sites in Marysville and East Liberty.

Honda is inviting media representatives to an event Tuesday morning about 8 miles west of Marysville, on U.S. 33. The event is not open to the public.

Industry observers of the 2012 announcement thought building the car in Ohio made sense. Honda has had three decades of manufacturing experience here. The automaker has been building cars in Ohio since 1982 and can build up to 680,000 passenger cars and light trucks at plants in Marysville and East Liberty.

Honda in 2012 would not say where the NSX plant will be built.

The NSX will be powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected V-6 engine mated to Acura’s “sport hybrid SH-AWD (super handling all-wheel drive) system,” Honda said.

The new NSX is being developed by a global research and development team led by designers and engineers at Honda R&D Americas, Inc., located in Los Angeles and Raymond, Ohio, the company said.

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