Honda’s Greensburg plant gets double shot of good news

Honda’s Greensburg manufacturing operation had two reasons Monday to celebrate. The auto manufacturer’s all-new Civic, built at the Indiana plant and in Canada, earned the 2016 North American Car of the Year Award. Also, the company announced that production of its CR-V would begin at the Greensburg plant in 2017.

Honda Manufacturing of Indiana will continue to produce the Civic sedan as it adds production of its SUV, the company said in a news release.

The Civic sedan has been built at the Greensburg plant since the company started manufacturing operations in Indiana on Oct. 9, 2008.

Hoosier associates build 250,000 Civics a year at Honda’s Greensburg plant, and a large number of the plant’s employees are Bartholomew County residents, a company spokesperson said.

Presented each year at the opening of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the award recognizes the most outstanding car of the year based on factors including innovation, design, safety performance, handling, driver satisfaction and value.