Honda starts production of new CR-V in Ohio Posted on November 23, 2016 0 EAST LIBERTY, Ohio (AP) — Honda says global mass production of the new version of its CR-V has begun in Ohio. The redesigned and reengineered 2017 CR-V goes on sale in the winter. Production at Honda’s East Liberty Auto Plant began Tuesday. The five-passenger CR-V is a compact SUV with the underpinnings of Honda’s popular Civic small car. It’s been the best-selling SUV in America for the past 20 years. Honda says the Ohio plant has developed the processes and technologies that will form the manufacturing base for CR-V production at 10 other Honda plants around the world. Lower-priced models of the new CR-V get the outgoing model’s 184-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. More expensive models get a new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that puts out 190 horsepower.