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Published: Thursday, 9/10/2009

Honda to make crossover vehicle at Ohio plant


EAST LIBERTY, Ohio — The Honda Motor Company says a plant in western Ohio will be the production site for the automaker's new crossover utility vehicle.

Honda of America President Hidenobu Iwata said Thursday that the Honda Accord Crosstour will be built at the East Liberty plant that now produces the CR-V and the Element.

The Crosstour is a tallish, five-passenger wagon-like SUV based on a mid-size sedan. It goes into production this fall. Honda officials would not say how many will be manufactured.

Production is not expected to result in any new jobs at the plant that employs about 2,400.

The engines will be supplied by Honda's engine plant near Anna and the transmissions from the automaker's plant near Russells Point.

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