Honda is celebrating the production start of the redesigned 2015 Fit at its new Honda de Mexico automobile plant. Thanks to the plant’s advanced technology, Honda believes it can significantly improve its ability to meet consumer demand for fuel-efficient subcompact vehicles.
The plant, which was constructed starting only two years ago in Celaya, Guanajuato, will employ 3,200 associates with an annual capacity of 200,000 vehicles and engines when it reaches full production capacity later this year—increasing Honda’s annual automobile production in North America to about 1.92 million units. This also means that Honda will now be producing more than 95% of all its vehicles in North America compared to the 90% that it does now.
Keeping in line with the Honda Fit’s environmentally-friendly theme, the new plant also takes efficiency to the next level. Here, check it out:
- A high-speed servo stamping press and high-speed die change process have increased the efficiency of the stamping process by about 40%
- An all-new welder system allows for less welding robots while increasing the number of weld points, improving quality and efficiency
- A new water-based painting process reduces energy consumption during the painting process by about 40% while enhancing paint finish quality.
And these are just a few of the improvements! The all-new 2015 Honda Fit will go on sale later in spring 2014 at Avery Greene Honda!