Acura says that most cars will have a manual transmission
The Marysville factory has built Honda and Acura Models since 1982
The first units will be used for employee training
The 2023 Integra is a more luxurious version of the Honda Civic Si and it replaces the ILX as Acura’s entry-level model.
The Integra name hadn’t been used since 2001 in North America and the last generation model, particularly the Type-R version, is still revered by many enthusiasts.
Only time will tell if this new Integra will live up to the reputation of its ancestor, but at least Acura says that most orders it currently has are for manual-equipped vehicles.
Indeed, the automaker says that around 70% of the current reservations are for top-trim versions equipped with the six-speed manual transmission. A CVT gearbox is also offered, but it seems that few prospective buyers are interested by it, something that hasn’t been seen in a long time for a compact sedan.
If the manual continues to be popular after the initial batch of orders has been fulfilled, this could encourage Acura and Honda to offer more vehicles with this type of transmission.
The beginning of production also marks the first time an Integra has been built in the United States since the previous generations were all built in Japan.
The Marysville, Ohio Honda-Acura factory has been chosen to manufacture the new Integra and to ensure the best quality possible, the automaker said that the first units to be built will be used to train employees using a “virtual teaching system”.