In 1948, a Japanese engineer named Soichiro Honda created Honda Motor Co. Ltd. Worldwide, the Honda brand is known for more than just creating vehicles, Honda also produces aircrafts, motorcycles, and more. In 1969, Honda moved to Canada and Honda Canada was founded. The beginning of Honda in Canada was humble, starting with building and selling power equipment and motorcycles. However, this was just the beginning of a lifetime of growth and revolutionary change for the Honda brand in Canada. Read on to learn more about the history of Honda in Canada with the team at Alberta Honda.
Honda Motors In Canada
Honda Canada was established in 1969, with the assembly and sale of small vehicles like motorcycles. However, in 1973, the Honda Civic was launched in Canada where it was appreciated for being a small, powerful, and fuel-efficient subcompact vehicle. 3 years later in 1976, Honda launched another sedan, the Honda Accord. This time, the Honda vehicle provided more space for passengers and their belongings. 1986 was a very significant year for Honda Canada because it marked the opening of the very first plant by a Japanese company in Canada—the first Honda plant in Canada was built in Alliston, Ontario. After only a few years of operation in Canada, the Canadian population fell in love with Honda vehicles. In 1991 the one-millionth Honda vehicle was sold in Canada, and in 1997 the millionth Honda vehicle was built in Canada! In 1998, before the turn of the century, Honda opened its second facility and started building Honda’s first full-size minivan, the Odyssey.
Beyond the 2000s
The 2000s only brought about more success and prosperity for Honda Canada. In 2000, North America’s first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle was introduced to the Canadian market—the Honda Insight. From that point on, Honda began to take considerable steps towards producing more environmentally-friendly technologies and vehicles. The introduction of the 4-cylinder engine, using molten aluminum made from 100% recycled scrap, was part of this significant innovation. In the meantime, other vehicles were added to the Honda lineup including the Ridgeline, the Pilot and the CR-V. A significant shift took place in 2013 when, for the first time, a Canadian President and CEO—Jerry Chenkin—was appointed. In 2019, Honda is proudly celebrating 50 years of operation in Canada. Of course, the journey of Honda in Canada would not have been this successful without the loyal support of our Canadian customers.