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Production of the all-new 2023 Honda CR-V begins in North America

Honda of Canada Mfg. is the primary global plant for the all-new CR-V; production will follow in the coming days at the Indiana Auto Plant and East Liberty Auto Plant in Ohio

The associates of Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) celebrated the start of mass production of the all-new 2023 Honda CR-V, the 6th generation of America’s best-selling crossover for the past 25 years. HCM is the world’s main plant for CR-V production, which has been built in Canada since 2012. In the coming days, production¹ of the all-new CR-V will follow at the Indiana Auto Plant (IAP) and the East Liberty Auto Factory (ELP) in Ohio.

Next month, production of the Honda CR-V hybrid model will begin in Canada, followed by the IAP and ELP. Honda will increase production of the hybrid model to 50% of CR-V sales, which is a key step in Honda’s overall electrification strategy.

“Becoming the global lead plant for the 2023 Honda CR-V was a great challenge, and I am proud of our experienced team at Honda of Canada Manufacturing and the level of teamwork we had in North America to create this incredible new product for our customers,” said Clément D’Souza, Senior Vice President of HCM. “The next step is the hybrid CR-V which is more important than ever for the CR-V lineup and a model we are very happy to deliver to our Canadian customers for the first time.

The all-new 2023 Honda CR-V debuts a tough yet sophisticated design, including two turbocharged trim levels, EX and EX-L and Sport and Sport Touring versions that will be hybrid-electric powered.

Perfect for everyday life or weekend getaways, the new CR-V is longer and wider with premium proportions and a significantly wider stance, further advancing Honda’s new design steering with a belt of low horizontal body and a long and powerful front part. Honda’s most popular SUV backs up its strong new look with a more fun-to-drive personality, more confident and refined dynamics, and increased torque and capability. For product details, please click here.

Making the 2023 Honda CR-V

A year ago, HCM Line 1 served as the main plant in North America for the production launch of the all-new 2022 Civic. Now, HCM Line 2 is the global main plant for the CR-V. Production of the CR-V will begin at the Indiana Auto Plant and the East Liberty Auto Plant in Ohio in the coming weeks. All three plants have worked closely together to implement new technologies and processes for the CR-V to deliver an innovative, consistently high-quality product to Honda’s North American customers.

  • HCM used a “perfect body” fixture for the first time to achieve optimum fit and finish faster using a data-driven process. An approach first employed at ELP for the new 2017 CR-V model, this full-scale mock-up of the CR-V body is machined from a single piece of steel with the utmost dimensional accuracy to help mature the fit of interior parts and components, as well as the tailgate. Time is critical during the trial production phase and in the past the team had to disassemble a test unit to diagnose fit and finish issues. Perfect editing allows the team to quickly apply countermeasures on the main assembly line.
  • The new CR-V boasts the largest hood in product history, a key element of bold styling that responds to Honda’s rugged focus for the brand’s light-duty truck lineup. To achieve this hood design in a mass production environment, Honda production engineers worked with the development team to increase rigidity by increasing the thickness of the steel plate and adjusting the frame design. of the hood so that it can be handled by the stamping and welding departments. The result is a hood that offers a bold and sophisticated design direction.
  • The new CR-V also dramatically increases the use of high-performance structural adhesive for increased body rigidity and applies a new spray-on acoustic foam to the body structure for increased cabin quietness. While the Indiana and East Liberty plants have applied these materials to other new Honda vehicles, including Civic, HCM’s Line 2 is using these processes for the first time and had to add new equipment and training associated. The result is a new CR-V with increased dynamic stiffness and a quieter ride.
  • With the R&D team in Japan, construction of the initial CR-V prototype would typically take place there, but with development taking place during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions were in place. square. As North American production teams could not travel to Japan, prototype construction was moved to HCM where the use of digital tools was applied to collaborate across sites. This activity has led to design and process changes that now allow Honda’s production associates to build the CR-V to a high standard.

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