After announcing all its launches in Brazil for the next few years, Honda announced the local assembly of two fundamental components of its cars in a new factory.
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The Japanese manufacturer announced a new factory in the city of Itajaí (SC), where it will assemble the CVT gearboxes that equip the new Honda City and City hatches and which will also equip the new generation of the HR-V. The unprecedented 1.5 turbo flex engine will also be mounted on the same unit.
Both components will be assembled with imported parts. Honda did not inform the investment, but the motivation for the new arrangement of its production may be the tax incentives for items imported through the port of Itajaí.
Thus, starting this week, the CVT gearboxes assembled in Itajaí at a rate of 300 units/day will be sent to the factory of Sumaré (SP) for integration with the engine. After that, they will go to the Itirapina factory, also in the interior of São Paulo, where they will be installed in Honda cars.
The Itajaí transmission set will be part of the 1.5L DOHC i-VTEC engine with direct injection (these yes, manufactured in Brazil), which debuted in the new City, but which will also equip the Honda HR-V 2023, which will be launched in August. .
Honda has also confirmed that the most powerful engine of the HR-V will continue to be a 1.5 i-VTEC Turbo, but this time it will be flex. Therefore, you will have more than 173 hp and 22.4 kgfm of the previous generation, discontinued since December.