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Honda revives NS-X sportscar, will build it in Ohio

The concept Acura NS-X.
Micki Maynard/Changing Gears
The concept Acura NS-X.

Honda made history in 1990 when it introduced the high powered Acura NS-X sports car. But it discontinued it in 2005 to focus on more fuel efficient models.

Now, NS-X is coming back. And instead of Japan, where it built the original car, it will build it in Ohio.

Honda made the announcement this afternoon at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It showed a concept version of the NS-X unveiled by its CEO, Takanobu Ito.

The next version of NS-X will be introduced in about three years, said Ito, who was part of its original development team. This version will be available as a hybrid, he said.

Honda will engineer it in Marysville, Ohio, at its sprawling North American technical center. It also plans to build it in central Ohio at a new manufacturing facility for the car, said a Honda spokesman, Ed Miller.

He would not say where the facility would be or how many jobs it would create, but said the car won’t be made on an existing assembly line.

Honda has car plants in Marysville and East Liberty, Ohio, and an engine plant in Anna.

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