For the metalworking job shops which signed on with the first Japanese car maker looking to establish a production facility in Canada back in 1986, Honda’s recent milestone achievement must be particularly sweet.
Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) is celebrating the building of the 10 millionth vehicle to come off the production lines in Alliston, Ontario, a 2023 Honda CR-V Touring Hybrid.
Three HCM plants currently build Honda CR-Vs, Civics and four-cylinder engines.
“This achievement is a testament to the hard work, commitment and dedication of generations of HCM associates, I want to thank and congratulate them on this historic milestone,” said Jean Marc Leclerc, President and CEO Honda Canada.
HCM has held numerous and significant designations over the years including being named the global lead plant for the Honda Civic in 2015, it is currently the global lead plant for the all-new, 6th generation, 2023 Honda CR-V.
Honda of Canada Mfg. Historic Timeline
1986 – History is made as the first vehicle built at HCM, a Honda Accord, is driven off the line. HCM becomes the first Japanese automobile manufacturer to establish a production facility in Canada.
1988 – HCM begins tradition of building Civics. The first Civic was a 3-door model.
1989 – Mr. Honda visits HCM and tours the plant on his way to be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in Detroit.
1993 – Production of the Civic Coupe model begins with the 1993 model.
1998 – Plant 2 officially opens with Honda’s first entry into the light truck market – the Honda Odyssey.
2002 – HCM launches the Honda Pilot and is the sole supplier globally for this product.
2006 – HCM celebrates its 20th anniversary and manufactures Honda Canada’s four-millionth vehicle, a Civic.
2008 – The Engine Plant opens and begins production of four-cylinder engines.
2012 – HCM produces the six-millionth vehicle and donates it to the local hospital. HCM begins building the Honda CR-V for the North American market.
2015 – HCM is the global lead for the next-generation Civic
2017 – The CR-V is the 2018 Motor Trend SUV of the Year.
2018 – Engine Plant produces its two millionth engine. HCM Plant 2 celebrates 20 years of production; Engine Plant celebrates 10
2022 – Honda Civic named North American and Canadian Car of the Year
2022 – HCM is the global lead plant for manufacturing the all-new 2023 CR-V and North America lead plant for the CR-V Hybrid
2023 – HCM produces the 10 millionth Honda vehicle manufactured in Canada, a 2023 Honda CR-V Touring Hybrid