Employees of Honda of America Mfg., in Marysville, OH began mass production of the all-new 2018 Honda Accord with an announcement of new investments and jobs to support manufacturing of the 10th generation Accord. 2018 Honda Accord Honda invested $267 million and is adding 300 new jobs to support production of the all-new Honda Accord and to increase production at the Marysville Auto Plant (MAP). The investment total includes $220 million at MAP for new technologies and processes, including a new $165 million weld department featuring 342 state-of-the-art welding robots and $47 million at Honda's nearby Anna, Ohio engine plant for production of the 2018 Accord's 1.5L and 2.0L direct injected and turbocharged I4 engines, the first application of turbo power to the Accord lineup. Additional new technologies applied to the manufacture of the new Accord include a laser brazing process for the Accord's roof <-- How many times have you heard me talk about this!!! - and new stamping techniques to produce its more sharply sculpted body. In addition, Honda debuts Accord's first-ever use of high-performance structural adhesives for improved body rigidity, and the application of acoustic spray foam to the body for enhanced cabin quietness. About time for that too! Moreover, MAP has added a new sub-assembly process for the Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) that will help power the new Accord Hybrid, which will return to production in Ohio. Accord has been in continuous production at the Marysville Auto Plant (MAP) since November 1982 - with cumulative U.S. production exceeding 11 million vehicles over 35 years. The 2018 Accord is new from the ground up and features a lighter and more rigid body structure, an advanced new chassis design, two all-new, high-torque direct-injected and turbocharged engines, the world's first 10-speed AT for a front-drive car, and with a host of new safety, driver-assistive and connected-car technologies – all wrapped in a more sophisticated, sleek and athletic design with top-class interior space and comfort. The all-new, Honda-designed 10-speed AT, the first of its kind for a front-wheel-drive car, will be produced at Honda Precision Parts of Georgia transmission plant in Tallapoosa, Georgia. Honda recently announced a combined $149 million investment in the Russells Point, Ohio, and Tallapoosa plants to facilitate production of the new 10AT. For 2018, all Accords will feature the full suite of Honda Sensing safety and driver- assistive technologies as standard equipment. Honda Sensing includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and new Traffic Sign Recognition. All Accords also have a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with dynamic guidelines. The Accord targets top U.S. government (NCAP) and IIHS collision safety ratings. Standard advanced active and passive safety systems include Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, Anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), advanced front airbags, driver and front-passenger side airbags and new driver and front-passenger knee airbags. The all-new, even more refined and fuel-efficient Accord Hybrid will be powered by the third generation of Honda's innovative two-motor hybrid technology, offering improved power delivery with no compromise to interior or cargo space and packaging. The 1.5L I4 Accord will be available in five trims – LX, Sport, EX, EX-L and Touring (new for 2018). The 2.0L model, with the highest torque output ever for Accord, has three trims – Sport (new for 2018), EX-L, and Touring. And the new Accord Hybrid will be available in four trims – Hybrid, EX, EX-L and Touring. Sport trims for both 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter engine variants will now feature an available short-throw 6- speed MT. The 2018 Accord is built using domestically and globally sourced parts.