Production of the "Earth Dreams" powertrains that will slot into the 2013 Honda Accord has begun at the Japanese automaker's Anna Engine and Honda Transmission Mfg. plants, both of which will supply the Ohio assembly lines where the Accord is built.

As one would expect with car as important to Honda as the ninth-generation Accord, the company has made a huge investment in the North American debut of its new direct-injected, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, a new CVT transmission, and a 3.5-liter V6 and its optional six-speed automatic. Honda has spent $220 million on expansions, casting operations and automated lines for its associates, and the plant is now able to make 1.8 million Earth Dreams engines annually.

The new engines are said to be good for a 10-percent improvement in fuel economy compared to current offerings, and the powerplants will eventually migrate to other models in Honda's lineup. Check out the press release below for more information.
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Honda Plants Start Producing 'Earth Dreams' Engines, Transmissions for All-new 2013 Honda Accord
9th Generation Accord Launches at Marysville Auto Plant on Monday, Aug. 20


ANNA and RUSSELLS Point, Ohio, Aug. 16, 2012 – Honda's engine and transmissions plants in Ohio today started mass production of Honda's new "Earth Dreams" powertrain series, a new generation of engines and transmissions that will make their U.S. debut on the all-new 2013 Honda Accord that will begin mass production this Monday at Honda's auto plant in Marysville, Ohio.

Along with a total redesign of the vehicle, the ninth-generation Accord is the first in North America to apply Honda's Earth Dreams engine and transmission technologies that offer improved fuel efficiency and fun-to-drive performance. This includes a new four-cylinder direct injection engine paired with a new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), and a new V-6 engine with 6-speed automatic transmission that provide an excellent combination of fuel efficiency and performance.

"This next generation of technological advancements in our powertrains will greatly enhance both driving performance and fuel efficiency," said John Spoltman, plant manager of the Anna Engine Plant. "Our associates have incredible experience and they are employing all of their skills to launching this exciting new series of engines for an Accord that will excel in all areas."

Honda is investing $220 million to launch the CVT production for the vehicles produced in North America, including $120 million at Honda Transmission Mfg. of America for the new CVT line that started mass production today, and nearly $100 million at the Anna Engine Plant for the production of the CVT's high-tech pulley components starting next year.

The expanded production will create 150 jobs at the two plants.

"Our continuing investments in Ohio illustrate how we intend to meet the needs of our global customers by implementing advanced technologies in our production operations and in our products," said Honda Transmission Plant Manager Gary Hand. "Our associates are looking forward to delivering best quality as we launch these new CVTs and six-speed automatic transmissions."

Associates at Honda Transmission are assembling the Accord CVTs on a new, highly automated assembly line constructed as part of a $70 million, 200,000-squre-foot plant expansion. An additional $50 million is being invested in a 75,000-square-foot expansion of the facility for additional aluminum casting operations to support the CVT assembly line.

At the Anna Engine Plant, construction is under way to utilize 84,000-square-feet of space for production of the CVT pulley components, which involves highly precise lathing, heat-treating, grinding and subassembly operations. Production of the CVT pulleys will begin at the engine plant next year, when that production will transfer from initial CVT pulley production in Japan.

Following assembly at Honda Transmission, the CVTs and six-speed automatic transmissions are shipped to the Anna Engine Plant, where they are joined to the engines at the end of the engine assembly operations. Then the powertrain components are shipped to the Accord assembly lines at the Marysville Auto Plant. With capacity to manufacture 1.18 million V-6 and four-cylinder engines annually, the Anna plant is the largest automobile engine factory in Honda's global production network.

The 2013 Accord Sedan and Coupe will feature all-new powertrains, including the first U.S. application of the new Earth Dreams 2.4-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine. The engine will be paired with a 6-speed manual transmission or the new CVT that utilizes an innovative control system for excellent acceleration and responsive shifting. The Accord Sedan and Coupe also will be offered with a new 3.5-liter V-6 engine, paired to a new 6-speed automatic transmission or an available 6-speed manual transmission.

About Honda in Ohio
Based on Honda's longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer," Honda began operations at its first U.S. auto plant nearly 30 years ago, on Nov. 1, 1982, in Marysville, Ohio. The Marysville plant currently employs approximately 4,400 associates. In addition to producing both the four-cylinder and V6 models of the Accord Sedan and Coupe, the Marysville plant is the sole manufacturing site for the Acura TL luxury Sedan. Honda and Acura vehicles are produced using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Honda also operates an auto plant in East Liberty, Ohio, that builds the segment-leading Honda CR-V compact sport-utility vehicle (SUV) and the Honda Crosstour crossover utility vehicle, and the Acura RDX luxury SUV. Honda has the capacity to build 680,000 automobiles annually at its two Ohio auto plants.

In addition to manufacturing, Honda has established substantial R&D operations in Ohio, along with other operations that support product development, manufacturing and sales of Honda and Acura products in North America. The company employs more than 13,500 Ohioans and tens of thousands more through its suppliers and other business partners.


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      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whoa, 10%. (sorry, I used to be all happy and optimistic, but seriously Honda, what happened, you used to be so cool).
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope they win the green marketing award this year, for 'most pretentious engine name', lol. Anyway, it's cool that they are FINALLY adding some new tech to their engines. It's about time - the K series engine is circa 2001 and really hasn't had any substantial improvements since then. Hey, they've caught up to Hyundai and Chevrolet.. :P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Where do you think Chevy got their 3.5L V6 "L66" from? Honda. Check out the 2002-2007 Saturn Vue V6. Engine & transmission: both from Honda. Dipshit. American automakers can't do anything for themselves. That's why they needed bailouts. And that's why Ford is contracting with Toyota to develop them a hybrid powertrain system for their small trucks and SUVs.
      MarcCBR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Direct injection what a new concept. Its only been in Hyundai's and Kia's for the past 2 years. Welcome to the party Honda. What ever happend to the days when Honda was the cutting edge of technology guess those days are long gone. I own a Honda Pilot and Honda CBR1000RR and my last motorcycle was a Honda CBR600F4i so I was at one time a gung ho Honda fan but there's nothing to cheer for now.
        SNP
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MarcCBR
        Yeah, they cut their R&D when times were good. Now they're playing catchup to the other makes. Why go with this DI engine when GM, VW, Ford has had it in production for years now. BTW, ford named their engine because they managed to pair up their DI tech with turbos without the turbo lag and a flat torque curve. GM&VW dont market their DI tech as a whole new brand.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MarcCBR
        I dearly miss when Honda was ahead of their time too. Direct injection has been around since the 80's or 90's in production cars. ...in Japan ;D
      MTN RANGER
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry to be politically incorrect, but "Earth Dreams Technology" sounds really gay. Couldn't they have come up with something better. Maybe something lost in the Japanese-to-English translation. So is their version of Mazda Skyactiv? Honda really needs to get their hybrid technology more competitive with Toyota.
        purrpullberra
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MTN RANGER
        Only pathetic idiots use 'gay' as a derogatory term, sorry to be so factual about it.
          Giza Plateau
          • 2 Years Ago
          @purrpullberra
          purr, you sound like a bully
          PR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @purrpullberra
          mchirus1 Your intentional militant ignorance has been noted. Thanks for your example of being militantly ignorant. Now move along like a good little troll.
          mchlrus1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @purrpullberra
          Wow I didn't know PR was an elitist, and does not speak the English language. I have liked you posts In the past, but this A didn't make sense because my response was not in any way " trollish" and B was in fact an attack. Which concludes my previous statement that when one says something politically incorrect, there is a band of bottom feeding militant people who must always say that they are wrong for their opinion. Here's one of my 6 examples, I had 3 people gang up on me because I had made a politically incorrect statement. Two words of closure cyber Militancy. A direct confirmation of my statement, move along. I'm not quite sure what offended you guys as It was a neutral statement to help me understand as to why Pullberrberra had called mtn ranger pathetic, after he had just apologized for making a derogatory statement. Jeesh. Sorry for any feeling hurt, I was just responding to PR because mine were.
          mchlrus1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @purrpullberra
          You are still an elitist and kind of a jerk to be honest from my initial judgments from your texts. You provide insightful commentary, most of the time but outside of that you just shouldn't comment. Could you please explain what it was in my initial comment that made you angry, or was it my lak of understanding to your response because text does not show ones emotions.
          PR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @purrpullberra
          mchirus1 -- Sounds like after 6 times of failing to learn from your mistakes, you are trying for 7. Don't feel hurt. Just stop blaming other people for being "militant" because it is taking you so long to learn.
          mchlrus1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @purrpullberra
          BTW I'm 17 and just stating what I see in my school in regard to being politically incorrect. I don't use the word "gay," and I try not to hurt people's feelings, as closure. I just found it funny that you guys ganging up confirmed my statement. Especially PR with his attack.
          mchlrus1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @purrpullberra
          Its hard to not have typos when typing sorry for any grammatical errors.
          mchlrus1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @purrpullberra
          Are you militant? I have seen a few instances of people being militant on political correctness, especially though one way questions or responses. Do you need examples, I have around 6.
          Punch and Judy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @purrpullberra
          There's a difference between being politically incorrect and being just plain ignorant. Why not open your mind for a sec and actually consider what was said? No need to keep blathering on with some incoherent defense. Sometimes criticism is actually valid, and you're better off to learn from it than to mindlessly respond with 'counter-attacks.' The last time I checked, 17 year olds were capable of reflection and reason.
          PR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @purrpullberra
          Giza, you sound like a pathetic idiot. Because only a pathetic idiot who uses "gay" as a derogatory term would be offended by being called a pathetic idiot for using "gay" as a derogatory term.
          tump
          • 2 Years Ago
          @purrpullberra
          mchlrus1, don't be a pathetic idiot.
        gpmp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MTN RANGER
        MTN The use of the word 'gay' like this isn't just 'politically incorrect', it's offensive. I'd advise you to go ask some of your gay friends/co-workers/acquaintances/family members about it, but something tells me you don't have any.
        PR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MTN RANGER
        MTN RANGER Perhaps the term you were looking for is "effeminate" or "emasculate". I'm sure their are plenty of Army Rangers who can explain the difference between those terms, and the mistake of attempting to use "gay" in their place. To your credit, at least you knew you were wrong -- even though you didn't know how to correct yourself. Chalk it up to a learning experience.
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PR
          Thanks for following along on this one, and patiently correcting those who needed to be corrected. Although I often use the term, 'elitist' I saw nothing elitist about your posts. Good job.
      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honda's new earth dreams engines will give mother nature a dirt nap.
      krona2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      Earth Dreams, Earth Nightmare maybe.
        danwat1234
        • 1 Year Ago
        @krona2k
        The Earth Dreams engines that are 2 Liters in displacement and smaller will be very good. The engines with that displacement and smaller will get all the fuel economy features versus larger than 2L will not. 2L and smaller; Direct injection and part time Atkinson Valve behavior, like a hybrid when you are not pressing hard on the gas, and regular OTTO cycle when you are pressing on the gas for power. So, you can get close to the MPG of a hybrid without having a hybrid car, and you can get the power of a regular engine whenever you want to! I think that's pretty innovative. The only thing missing then is auto start/stop
        r.gk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @krona2k
        Why do you say that progress is bad. This is an example of the stupidity that is a problem today. A lot of people like to crap on good ideas and good work. Maybe is has always been that way but to me it seems to be getting much worse lately. And I am going to start calling stupid on it.
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