Honda Canada announced today that next-generation CR-V utility vehicles built at the company's Alliston, Ontario assembly plant will be exported to Europe.
It's the first time that Honda Canada Manufacturing (HCM), a division of Honda Canada, will build vehicles for the European market. The company says the negotiation of a free trade agreement with Europe by the Government of Canada was a catalyst for that decision.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast attended the announcement in Alliston for a photo op.
Today’s news follows Honda’s recent announcement of a major three year investment to innovate its Canadian facilities with new technologies and processes to prepare for the next generation Honda Civic and CR-V.
Alliston is the global lead plant for the next generation Honda Civic, which has been Canada’s best-selling passenger car for the past 17 years.
The plant also recently celebrated production of the seven-millionth vehicle since it opened in 1986.
“Honda is thrilled to once again have good news for automotive manufacturing in Canada,” said Jerry Chenkin, president and CEO of Honda Canada. “These opportunities will open new markets for our high quality vehicles from Canada and help keep us competitive in the global environment,” he added.
The announcement further solidifies Honda’s commitment to Canada, the company says. While the creation of new jobs as a result of the export deal will be modest, it will help secure skilled jobs in the region and provide additional opportunities for Honda’s Canadian supply chain.