Honda has celebrated a Canadian milestone by building its seven-millionth vehicle in this country.
The 2015 Honda Civic EX sedan was driven off the assembly line at Alliston, Ontario, home to Honda of Canada Manufacturing (HCM), which is now in its 29th year of vehicle production.
Honda became the first Japanese automaker to manufacture cars in Canada in 1986 when the Alliston plant opened to build Honda Accords.
Since then, HCM has built multiple models, including the Honda Accord, Civic, Odyssey, Pilot and Ridgeline, as well as Acura EL, CSX and ZDX vehicles.
It currently builds Honda CR-Vs and Civics, the latter being Canada’s best-selling passenger car for 17 consecutive years.
“Our plant capacity was 50,000 vehicles when we started and we’re now building in excess of 390,000 vehicles per year," said Dave Gardner, senior vice-president of operations at Honda Canada. "This growth is attributed to the superior craftsmanship of the highly skilled Associates who have worked with us over the years to produce the quality and reliability that Honda customers truly value.”
To mark the seven-millionth Honda vehicle built in Canada, the company will donate that vehicle to a registered non-profit charity in the coming months through the Honda Canada Foundation.
That Foundation provides annual funding to registered non-profit charities across Canada in support of science- and engineering-based education, environment and family initiatives.
Quick Facts about Honda of Canada Manufacturing
> In 1986, Honda was the first Japanese automobile company to open a manufacturing facility in Canada. The Honda Accord was the first vehicle manufactured.
> Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) began production at a second manufacturing facility in Alliston, Ontario in 1998, producing the Odyssey, Honda’s first full-size mini-van.
> A third manufacturing facility in Alliston, Ontario began producing four-cylinder engines in 2008.
> In November 2011, HCM celebrated its 25th year of production in Canada.
> HCM employs more than 4,000 manufacturing associates.
> Honda has built more than seven million vehicles in Canada since HCM opened in 1986.
> HCM has a production capacity of approximately 390,000 vehicles and 260,000 engines annually.
> HCM produces the Honda Civic Coupe, Sedan and Si models (Plant 1) and CR-V (Plant 2).
> HCM’s Plant 1 produces 820 vehicles per day and Plant 2 produces 800 vehicles per day, for a total output of 1620 vehicles per day.