It’s not often you hear about a manufacturer moving production from Mexico to the United States, but American Honda is doing just that. Production on Honda side-by-side MUVs will transfer in 2013 from Honda’s facility in Mexico to its Timmonsville, SC plant.
“These changes are part of a global Honda strategy tied to future growth forecast in the side-by-side segment,” American Honda says in a release.
According to American Honda, the plan is for MUV production in Mexico to wrap up in 2013, with production to begin in South Carolina this coming summer to meet the needs of U.S. customers and for export to global markets. Honda’s MUV line currently consists of the Big Red, but we wouldn’t be at all surprised if it expanded in the near future.
Currently dedicated solely to the production of Honda ATVs, the South Carolina facility has the capacity to produce more than 250,000 vehicles and 310,000 engines annually. Since it began operation in 1998, American Honda’s South Carolina facility has manufactured more than 2.5 million Honda ATVs.
To offset the loss of side-by-side production, Honda’s Mexican plant will increase capacity for the production of additional two-wheel products to meet growing market demand in Mexico.