See How Acura Leads the Way in Manufacturing High-Quality Automobiles

Honda may have originated overseas, but the automaker has invested billions of dollars in manufacturing here in the US for almost 40 years since it first opened the Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio. Today, the automaker operates a dozen manufacturing facilities spread across Ohio, Indiana, Alabama, Georgia, and both Carolinas, producing the majority of its vehicles for the US market right here at home, employing more than 20,000 manufacturing associates. Recently, Honda's luxury brand, Acura, unveiled a ground-breaking new facility to manufacture the latest generation of its ground-breaking supercar: the NSX.

For decades, the Acura NSX has represented the pinnacle of performance. Each new generation introduced innovative new features that go on to influence the rest of the automotive industry for years. In the 1990s, the NSX became the world's first mass-produced car to feature an all-aluminum body, and it introduced the cutting-edge VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) system to the United States. A later model also introduced the now-ubiquitous F-Matic transmission, which allows drivers to switch from automatic to manual using steering wheel shifter paddles.

 

Today’s all-new Acura NSX continues to introduce innovation, featuring the world’s first Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), as well as Dual-Clutch Semi-Automatic transmission and drive-by-wire power steering. Not only is the NSX itself an example of one-of-a-kind design; the Acura Performance Manufacturing Center (pictured above), where every NSX is assembled, represents a major break from traditional automotive manufacturing.

The open space of the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) sets the facility apart from the competition. The expansive 200,000 square-foot production floor is mostly open without walls or other partitions separating the 22 different stations along the assembly process. The openness applies the brand’s values of transparency and collaboration, allowing each of the 100 Acura engineers at work to see and be a part of the entire journey.

 

The high-tech facility offers a modern symphony of human and robotic collaboration. Massive MIG-welding robots and automated painting robots provide super-delicate assembly, resulting in precision-crafted automobiles. The PMC also houses some of the most sophisticated technology in the world, including some that are currently pending US patents.

As impressive as all this technology may be, at the end of the day, the talent and hard work of Acura engineers and production associates provides the meticulous attention to detail that really makes the NSX a true supercar. The body panels may be painted by robots, but they are lovingly handled with soft leather gloves when fitted to the NSX’s bespoke multi-material space frame. It's the contribution of over a hundred dedicated craftsmen, like Clement D'Souza, Manufacturing Project Leader (video below), that really makes the NSX a peerless masterpiece:

The final step in the process is a 2,700-point quality control inspection, including measurements down to two-millionths of an inch. Each model goes through close scrutiny to ensure that every inch meets obsessively high standards. The pre-delivery performance confirmation examines everything from wheel alignment to corner weight, because a legendary supercar must perform like a surgeon on the pavement.


Some might question the need to spend so much time innovating such a limited production model, but Acura knows the NSX is a leader in its lineup. Every ultra-advanced feature on the NSX provides insight into the future of every Acura model and the wider automotive industry. Are you ready to experience how supercar-inspired performance technology has made its way into every Acura model? The 2019 Acura lineup is here and ready for your test drive. First, check out our latest inventory, then contact theHendrick Acura Southpoint team online to schedule your personal introduction.


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