The move would grow Honda's Lincoln, Alabama, plant's capacity from 300,000 to 340,000 units annually, according to Japan's Nikkei newspaper.
Currently, the MDX is built at a Honda plant in Alliston, Ontario, but the Japanese automaker will soon transfer some production of its new-for-2012 CR-V to the Canadian facility. To make room for the CR-V, Honda will move MDX production to Alabama, where it currently builds its other large vehicles, including the Honda Odyssey minivan, Pilot crossover and Ridgeline pickup.
CR-V production will move to Canada from Sayama, Japan, where the automaker will begin building more cars for its domestic market. Honda, like other Japanese automakers, has been hit hard by a strong yen that makes export production unprofitable. The automaker is expected to continue assembling CR-Vs in East Liberty, Ohio, in addition to Ontario, for the North American market.
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