An all new light truck model based on Honda’s Model X concept vehicle will be produced by Honda of America Manufacturing at its East Liberty (OH) Plant beginning late this year, Honda said. The East Liberty Plant (ELP) was chosen following a review of Honda’s global manufacturing capabilities. The new model will be produced on the same assembly line as the Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe, and Civic GX natural gas vehicle, using Honda’s New Manufacturing System. Production capacity at ELP is expected to remain at the current level of 240,000 vehicles per year. Other plants in Honda’s Global Supply Network will offset any reduction in Civic production at ELP to meet customer demand for the Civic. The all-new vehicle, targeted at young buyers and will have features including a pillar-less body side and "open wide" doors, is expected to reach Honda dealerships late this year. While the official name has yet to be announced, the new vehicle will closely emulate the multi-functional Model X design concept introduced last year at the 2001 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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