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Accord Hybrid will be built in Ohio

WAKO, Japan — Honda Motor Co. predicts hybrid versions of the Accord sedan will account for less than 10 percent of the nameplate’s U.S. sales. But Honda still plans to manufacture the Accord Hybrid in the United States, using hybrid components from Japan.

Production of the Accord Hybrid, which was scheduled to arrive in Japanese showrooms on Friday, June 21, will begin this summer at Honda’s Marysville, Ohio, plant, and U.S. sales begin in fall, said Hiroo Shimada, chief engineer of Honda’s new two-motor and plug-in hybrid technology.

The Accord Plug-in Hybrid, already on sale stateside, will continue to be made at Honda’s Sayama plant in Japan. But Shimada said that, too, could one day be made in the United States.

The standard hybrid will compete against hybrid variants of the Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion in the mid-sized sedan segment. The car has Honda’s new two-motor hybrid system and a lithium ion battery, and underpins Honda’s hopes of regaining momentum in hybrid sales after losing ground to Toyota Motor Corp.

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