3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 – now Honda’s building a 10-speed auto

⦁ New Honda auto is ‘state-of-the-art’
⦁ Look out for the first ’10AT’ gearbox
⦁ Units for Honda and Acura products
honda 10speed box
HONDA TEAM READY TO GO: Workers in white ready to start assembly of a new 10-speed autobox for Honda and Acura vehicles. Image: Honda America / Newspress USA
TALLAPOOSA, Georgia – Honda has launched (March 2017) global production of a new “state-of-the-art” 10-speed auto transmission at Honda Precision Parts here in Tallapoosa, Georgia.
The automaker also announced that it had invested nearly $150-million (nearly R2-million) in two US plants to assemble what is claimed to be the industry’s first 10-speed auto for front-wheel drive vehicles.
The investment includes $100-million for a new assembly line and production modifications at the two plants in addition to the $3-billion that Honda has invested in its US plants through the previous four years.
UPPER-GRADE CARS FIRST
What has been dubbed the ’10AT’ has, Honda says, “a low-friction design to deliver outstanding drivability in new Honda and Acura vehicles”.
It will appear first in upper grades of the all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan (imminent launch in the US) and will be applied to additional bakkie and car models in the future.
Masahiko Kayama, president of Honda Precision Parts of Georgia, told The Corner in a media release: “This new auto show Honda’s commitment to providing products of outstanding performance.
“Manufacturing the new transmission in Georgia is a huge responsibility and a great opportunity for Honda associates to demonstrate their manufacturing capabilities and commitment.”
The Geogia plant began production in 1996 and now assembles more than a million transmissions a year for Honda and Acura vehicles built in North America.
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