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Default Acura NSX to be built in Ohio in 2015

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Acura NSX Production Site Selected in Ohio

Located Near Honda's R&D Center, Facility to Employ 100 Highly
Skilled Associates

MARYSVILLE, Ohio, May 14, 2013 – Acura today announced that the
all-new NSX supercar will be produced at a new Performance
Manufacturing Center in Ohio, a $70 million advanced production
facility encompassing 184,000 square feet to be housed inside Honda's
former North American Logistics facility and located in the midst of
Honda's existing R&D and production engineering operations.

The site for the new production facility, which will be Honda's third
auto plant in Ohio, is only a few miles from the Honda R&D
Americas, Inc. Ohio Center that is engineering the supercar for
production and adjacent to Honda of America Mfg.'s Marysville Auto
Plant. The Performance Manufacturing Center also is close to Honda
Engineering North America, Inc., center for the development of new
production technologies.

A part of Honda of America, the Performance Manufacturing Center will
be a unique manufacturing operation that will employ approximately 100
highly skilled manufacturing associates drawn from within Honda's
existing operations in Ohio. In addition, associates at Honda's engine
plant in Anna, Ohio, will assemble the NSX powertrain.

"Thirty years ago, building cars in America was a big dream.
Working together, here in Ohio and across North America we turned this
dream into reality," said Hidenobu Iwata, president & CEO of
Honda of America and the head of Honda's manufacturing operations in
North America. "The location of this facility is in the midst of
one of the greatest collections of engineering and production talent
in the world. So it makes sense that we will renew the dream and build
this high-tech, supercar in Marysville, Ohio."

In addition to the plant location, Honda announced that Honda R&D
Americas chief engineer Ted Klaus is leading the global team
developing the new NSX, and Clement D' Souza, associate chief engineer
at Honda of America, is leading the team that will bring NSX to mass
production in 2015.

"This new plant will be as unique as the vehicle we will build
here," said D'Souza. "In creating the plan for this plant,
we looked closely at each process and determined the perfect blend of
associate craftsmanship and technology to adopt a new approach to

The Acura NSX Concept was on display at the event, attended by local
community and government leaders, including Ohio Governor John Kasich,
showcasing the NSX's low and wide stance that will help fulfill the
Acura brand product direction centered on the synergy between man and

The new NSX is being developed by a global R&D team led by
designers and engineers at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. located in Los
Angeles, Calif., and Raymond, Ohio. The NSX will feature a unique
powertrain and body structure to provide an incredible driving
experience. It will be powered by a mid-mounted V-6 engine mated to
Acura's innovative new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel
Drive) system.

"We have a very clear understanding of the high customer
expectations luxury buyers around the world have for a supercar, and
our challenge is to exceed them and create new value for the
customer," said Klaus. "This new Performance Manufacturing
Center will be key to this challenge."

Once selected, the team of production associates at the Performance
Manufacturing Center will begin training and establishing
manufacturing processes that will be used to build the all-new NSX.
The next generation NSX will be built exclusively at the all-new
Performance Manufacturing Center. In addition to being sold in North
America, the NSX will be exported to customers throughout the world.

The original Acura NSX was built at the Takanezawa Plant in Japan from
1990 until production moved to the Suzuka Plant in early 2004, where
it was produced until 2005. Part of the Tochigi Factory, the
Takanezawa Plant was the first manufacturing facility in the world to
mass-produce an all-aluminum body and balance advanced production
equipment with hands-on "craftsman" processes.
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