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Production will begin in 2017. Production will begin in 2017.

Honda Manufacturing of Indiana LLC in Greensburg is celebrating two big wins. The Honda Civic, which is produced in Greensburg, was named the 2016 North American Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The automaker also announced Monday that it will add production of the Honda CR-V SUV in Greensburg beginning next year. HMIN President Bob Nelson says the move shows the flexibility of the plant's work force and will make "optimal use of our capabilities in Indiana."

The 2016 North American Car of the Year Award marked the second win for the Civic. The first came in 2016. The winner is selected by a group of 53 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada.

Honda began manufacturing the the 2016 Civic Sedan at the Greensburg in October. The move came after more than $97 million in investments in the operation over the last few years to upgrade manufacturing processes and technologies. The plant has produced the Civic Sedan since it began operations in 2008.

The automaker says the addition of CR-V production in Greensburg comes in conjunction with a change at a plant in Guadalajara, Mexico. That operation will transition from producing the CR-V to making the new Honda HR-V. That move is also scheduled for 2017.

Nelson says moving CR-V production to Greensburg is part of Honda's efforts to meet strong customer demand for light truck products. Honda says CR-V has been the best-selling SUV in America in each of the past three years. The company says sales have hit nearly 3.5 million units since the model was introduced in 1997.

Honda Manufacturing of Indiana President Bob Nelson says Greensburg and Indiana have been crucial partners in its growth.
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