1st 2017 Acura NSX rolls off line in North American debut

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The next generation of Acura’s top-of-the-line 2017 NSX has begun rolling off the line in Ohio.

Honda Motor Co. unveiled the first of the cars at its specialty manufacturing facility in Marysville Tuesday.

The automaker says “VIN 001” set a record as the highest selling designated vehicle identification number at January’s Barrett-Jackson collector car auction. It went for $1.2 million. Honda donated the proceeds to charity.

All 800 of the cars scheduled to be produced each year will be made in Ohio. It’s the first time in the car’s 27-year history that it will be made outside of Japan.

Honda’s decision to build its top Acura specialty car in North America aims to tap the U.S. market and distinguish itself from European competitors, such as Lamborghini, Ferrari and others.