Production of 2014 Acura MDX Begins in Alabama

Posted by  on  May 2nd, 2013 5 comments

Production of 2014 Acura MDX Begins in Alabama

Official release from acuranews.com:

05/02/2013 – LINCOLN, Ala

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley joined more than 1,500 associates at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) today to celebrate the start of mass production of the all-new 2014 Acura MDX luxury sport utility vehicle.

HMA is now the exclusive global production source of the Acura MDX, along with key Honda light truck models, including the Odyssey minivan, the Pilot sport utility vehicle and the Ridgeline pickup. HMA also builds the V-6 engines that power each model.  The 2014 Acura MDX features an all-new Earth Dreams Technology direct injection V-6 engine going into production in North America for the first time.

“Today, we celebrate a new Alabama-made vehicle, fueled by the pride of Honda associates who are committed to exceeding the expectations of our Acura customers,” said Tom Shoupe, HMA president.

Designed, engineered and developed in the U.S., the seven-passenger Acura MDX has long been a benchmark vehicle in its segment and Acura’s top-selling vehicle for the past year. Built on a completely new platform, the redesigned 2014 MDX offers improved ride comfort, a more versatile and luxurious cabin, class-leading fuel economy and enhanced dynamic performance.

“What a beautiful vehicle we have created together,” said Jim Keller, chief engineer for the 2014 Acura MDX at Honda R&D in Raymond, Ohio. “Today we celebrate not a finish line, but a starting line. Our race is just beginning, and to win this race takes a constant and committed focus on quality and on the customer.”

The 2014 MDX, which will go on sale at Acura dealers nationwide in the coming weeks, is also designed to achieve the highest available safety ratings, and will be offered for the first time in a more affordable and even more fuel-efficient two-wheel-drive configuration. Pricing information will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

About Honda Manufacturing of Alabama
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama began production in 2001 with the Honda Odyssey minivan and now produces four vehicles and V-6 engines at its $2 billion facility in Lincoln. Using domestic and globally sourced parts, cumulative production in Alabama is now nearing three million vehicles and engines. HMA has invested almost $400 million during the past 24 months and has hired an additional 400 associates in both process and professional positions. HMA has also increased its production capacity by 40,000 units to a total of 340,000 vehicles and V-6 engines each year and now employs more than 4,000 associates.

About Honda Operations in North America
Honda now operates 14 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, and power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Seven Honda auto plants in the North American region, including four in the U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.63 million automobiles each year. In 2012, 90 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America. This will increase to 1.92 million vehicles per year in 2014, when the sales percentage of locally produced automobiles is expected to rise to more than 95 percent.

[Source: Acura]

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  1. Don
    May 17th, 2013 at 16:12 | #1

    I preordered a 2014 MDX Advance model and was told by the dealer they were scheduled to arrive June 15th. A few days ago they said that Acura has delayed availability for a moth or more so not to expect it before middle to late July at best. Is this just a local dealer supply issue and if I were to purchase in another state I could get one earlier? Also, any reason you can share for the delay?

  2. May 23rd, 2013 at 16:53 | #2

    @Don

    Hi Don, no official sale date announcement from Acura yet, but it seems there is a prodution delay so it is not a local dealer issue.

  3. Jennifer
    May 27th, 2013 at 23:29 | #3

    I am going to have to get a car within the next 2-3 weeks. I want the 2014 Acura MDX, but am so disappointed that it will not be available until July. Can I purchase one and be given a 2013 to drive until it is available? Can’t blame a girl for trying :-)

  4. Jennifer
    May 27th, 2013 at 23:30 | #4

    That is horrible!!! Been waiting forever on this vehicle…ugh!!@Don

  5. Elaine
    June 3rd, 2013 at 20:31 | #5

    Just another curious, excited, can’t stand to wait anymore consumer….Will the 14 MDX be available in Alabama state first or how and where will it be delivered to first? Is it better to wait until more have been produced in order for the “bugs” to be addressed? I am concerned about buying a vehicle hot of the press…??