Across the pond in the US of A is sited the Honda Timmonsville plant which is the world’s exclusive Honda Pioneer SxS facility, building side-by-sides for all global markets.
As we know, the popularity of these small off road vehicles has spiralled over the years to unexpected proportions by all manufacturers. With the product intent for the farm and land manager markets, the recreational segment was expected to be rather smaller … not so anymore.
To meet continual growing demand for its Pioneer side-by-side UTV lineup, Honda has announced it will expand its factory in South Carolina investing some $45 million, adding 250 jobs to its workforce with the expansion.
The Pioneer 1000 features the industry’s first six-speed dual-clutch automated transmission, a vestige from Honda’s impressive engineering résumé. The largest Pioneer is also available with two bed-mounted flip-up rear jump seats, bringing available seating capacity to five. However, unlike the Polaris Ranger, the Pioneer is only available in a short-wheelbase configuration, at least for now.
Honda South Carolina was incorporated in 1997 as Honda’s North American production facility for its ATVs. The first Honda ATV rolled off the factory floor on July 1, 1998, and total production for the year was 50,000 units. Today, the plant produces more than 300,000 ATVs and side-by-sides, along with 310,000 small engine units.