Honda begins production of new Odyssey minivan

Assistant Vice President of Product Planning at AHM Vicki Poponi and Jason Dean, HMA plant project leader celebrate the start of mass production of the all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan today (photo source Honda)
Assistant Vice President of Product Planning at AHM Vicki Poponi and Jason Dean, HMA plant project leader celebrate the start of mass production of the all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan today (photo source Honda)

LINCOLN, AL (WBRC) - Honda began production Tuesday of its all-new 2011 Odyssey minivan at its plant in Lincoln.

More than 1,200 workers and associates celebrated the achievement during a celebration ceremony Tuesday morning. The re-designed Honda Odyssey minivan is proced at Honda's plant in Lincoln, in east Alabama.

"In about four weeks, our Honda dealers will have this new Odyssey on their showroom floor, but I don't think it will be there for long," said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of product planning for American Honda Motor Co., in a statement to FOX6 News. "Whether you're driving in Oregon or Orlando, Milwaukee or Mobile – everyone in this great, glorious nation of ours will know that every 'American Odyssey' has its roots right here in Lincoln, Alabama."

The Honda plant in Lincoln is the only Honda plant to produce the Odyssey in the world. The plant is also the exclusive global production source Honda's Pilot sport utility vehicle and the Honda Ridgeline pickup, and shares production of the Accord V-6 Sedan with the Marysville Auto Plant in Marysville, Ohio.

Honda says it employs more than 4,000 associates at its Lincoln plant and has the capacity to produce 300,000 vehicles and V-6 engines each year.

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