It is interesting to note that cars are still made in Indiana. Today, Indiana’s prominence in American automotive production mirrors events of the early 1900s.
By the 1970s, AM General in Mishawaka was the only company that assembled an entire vehicle in Indiana in large quantities. Commercial vehicles were produced at this facility over the years. In 1983, AM General won the contract to produce the High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), which later became known as the Humvee. Humvee production will finally cease at the end of 2011. In the 1990s, AM General began production of civilian versions of the Humvee, known as the Hummer. Indiana production of these vehicles ended in 2008.
In the following decades after 1970, other manufacturers joined the ranks of Indiana auto production. GM Truck and Bus Group in Fort Wayne, Subaru of Indiana Automotive in Lafayette, Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Princeton, and Honda Manufacturing in Greensburg.
The General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly Truck Plant has produced Chevrolet Silverado and GMC full-size pickup trucks in Indiana since late 1986.
Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA) has manufactured the Subaru Outback, Legacy, and Tribeca line of vehicles since 1989. In a business collaboration with Toyota, SIA Associates also builds the Toyota Camry.
In 1998, Toyota Motor Corporation produced its first vehicles from its Indiana plant, Tundra pickup trucks and Sequoia full-size vehicles.
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC (HMIN) in Greensburg began full-scale production in 2008. HMIN produces the Civic Sedan. The addition of the Civic Natural Gas model to the production line began in 2011.
The AM General contract production facilities in Mishawaka started production of two new vehicles this year. The first MV-1, a van specifically designed for wheelchairs rolled off the line in September 2011. 2011’s MV-1 production quickly sold out. AM General planned to produce up to 30-thousand MV-1s by 2013. In October 2011, AM General entered into an agreement to build Bright Automotive’s Bright IDEA all-new, plug-in hybrid electric work-truck, available for sale in 2014.
Indiana was and still is a leading producer of automobiles in America. In fact, you may be driving an Indiana-built auto.
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