Honda has been building the Civic in Greensburg, Indiana, since 2008, but now the company's newest American assembly plant has some variety on its lines. The 2013 Acura ILX joined its mass-market relative at the 2.1 million square-foot facility yesterday.

Honda is building both the standard ILX and the ILX Hybrid at Honda Manufacturing Indiana, which is the only plant slated for assembly of the new compact Acura. Greensburg will continue to build Civic sedans, including the natural-gas-powered Civic GX, both for domestic consumption and export. Since the ILX is based on the Civic, the two cars sharing an assembly line is a natural.

The ILX goes on sale on May 22, at a starting price of $25,900 plus $895 for destination. Scroll down to read the full press release.
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Honda Begins Production of All-New 2013 Acura ILX at Indiana Plant

GREENSBURG, Ind. (April 23, 2012) – Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC (HMIN), celebrated the start of mass production of the all-new 2013 Acura ILX today. The first ILX, built exclusively in Indiana, rolled off the assembly line at 10:30 a.m. EST and was greeted by Honda associates, community partners and elected officials, who gathered to mark its launch.

"Acura has a sparkling reputation and we are thrilled to build the gateway vehicle to this brand at our Greensburg facility," said Jun Nishimoto, president of Honda Manufacturing of Indiana. "As the exclusive builder of the ILX, HMIN has a big responsibility. Our associates meet this challenge by working together as one team and today we are ready for our customers to share our pride in this beautiful new product."

The new Acura ILX sedan symbolizes the gateway to the Acura lineup and comes with both gasoline and gas-electric hybrid powertrain options. HMIN produces three versions of the Acura ILX – a 150-horsepower, 4-cylinder 2.0-liter model, a 201-horsepower 2.4-liter model with 6-speed manual transmission, and the ILX Hybrid, with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. The gasoline engines for the 2,0- and 2.4-liter versions of Acura ILX come from the Anna, Ohio, engine plant of Honda of America Mfg., Inc.

The Acura ILX hybrid version is Acura's first-ever hybrid model, the first hybrid vehicle to be made in America at a Honda plant, and the first Acura model to be produced in Indiana. The Acura ILX joins the TL sedan, ZDX crossover vehicle, and the MDX and RDX sport-utility vehicles as the fifth Acura model produced exclusively in North America. Acura finished second among all luxury brands in the J.D. Power and Associates' 2011 Initial Quality Study.

"This all-new Acura luxury sedan is closely linked to the future of Acura," said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura for American Honda. "Just as the Acura ILX is the gateway to the Acura brand, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana is a gateway to Acura customers."


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      Rob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sad day for the fan boys who are witnessing a Buick Verano outclass this model on all levels....the horror
        Rob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rob
        only a -8? I figured more angry fan boys would be down rating me...Maybe some of them are starting to tsee the forest past the trees
      omnipop621
      • 2 Years Ago
      Buick does it better as the Verano
      reattadudes
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...and all of those Japanese fanboys bemoan all of the American vehicles they see as "badge engineered". Civic, meet the new Acura Cimarron.
      Michael
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another epic fail from Honda. They need to stick to lawn mowers.
        MJC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael
        You know this because you've secretly driven the prototype?
      clearwater
      • 2 Years Ago
      LOL, people recommending the Verano. The Verano weighs 1/4 ton more. The Verano has 21 less HP. And the Verano only offers a slushbox transmission. Have fun in your Buick Grandma.
        jrwgti17
        • 2 Years Ago
        @clearwater
        the base Verano has around 180hp, the base ILX has 150hp. The Verano has a 6-speed automatic and the ILX a 5-speed. Unless I am mistaken the Verano has more power.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jrwgti17
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          Josh
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jrwgti17
          Mary, you mean the one I can't even get with the technology package? Or the one where Honda deleted the LSD and any sort of excitement of operating their one-wheel driving FWD crap?
      Michael
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car is just another POS like almost all Hondas have become. What happened to this company? They have destroyed Acura.
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      MacProMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      FLOP INCOMING!!!
      Sebastian Baba
      • 2 Years Ago
      So I'm assuming this will only entail: Doubling production, a new bin full of Acura badges, and alternating grilles on every other car.
        BTCC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sebastian Baba
        Wow, you just confirmed to Autoblog your ignorance. If you think this is just a badge difference from another brand, you are sadly misinformed.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BTCC
          [blocked]
          Sebastian Baba
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BTCC
          Are your jimmies rustled? Welcome to the Internet.
          BrunoT
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BTCC
          Which is it really then? A Civic with leather, a 4 cyl Accord with better trim, or a restyled TSX? Honda is insane with their product mix. Want an awd TL or an RL? The guy had a point.
          SatinSheetMetal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BTCC
          Cpt Spadaro gets downvoted because AB staff gave the ILX bad reviews? Makes sense. Some people are in denial.
      billfrombuckhead
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Alfa Romeo based Dodge Dart R/T will beat this Honda G20 with a baseball bat.
        billfrombuckhead
        • 2 Years Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        Shortly the Dodge Dart and the Acura ILX will share similar ZF 9 speed automatics.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @billfrombuckhead
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      blacccc
      • 2 Years Ago
      Acura has confirmed that they have gone mad. Acura, basically has 2 vehicles. The MDX and TL. They did away with their great cars Legend, NSX, and Integra. Pitiful
      Sack
      • 2 Years Ago
      It truly is hard to take anything seriously from those who's first thing from their mouths is nothing but negatives about Honda and what a cluster they've become, etc., etc. If they truly want people to respect what they have to say then they need to show that there's more between their ears than they're showing when they spew this stuff. You want to talk about people being sheep then I suggest they take a long hard look in the mirror. "It's my way or the highway and nothing else matters!"
        Andy Dufresne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sack
        It is hard to take someone seriously when their username is "Sack". Also... many of the negative comments about the sad state that has befallen this great company are from former fans of the brand. It's not our fault their design has gone from attractive, to boring, to outright hideous!
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