Alabama Plant To Produce Honda Accords

LINCOLN, Ala. (AP) -- Honda will begin mass production of its V-6 Accord sedan at the Lincoln plant this week.

The move is part of a year of big changes for the $1.4 billion plant, which had formerly built only light trucks.

The Japanese automaker also began producing the Ridgeline pickup at the plant earlier this year.

The Odyssey minivan and Pilot sport utility vehicle had been the mainstays in Lincoln, which employs 4,000-plus workers.

The move allows Honda to build more 4-cylinder Accords in Ohio. It also helps keep the Lincoln workers busy during a slowdown in sales of the Odyssey and Pilot.

The plant has slashed output, eliminated temporary jobs and offered early retirements and buyouts as a way to deal with the industry crisis.

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