Much like Canadian dairy, there’s a whole process involved with getting Honda’s latest models from the farm to the fridge plant to the dealer. Each Honda vehicle is carefully crafted using the latest in manufacturing technology, with the additional bragging rights to say they’re 100% Canadian-produced. Take a look at what goes down inside Honda Canada’s manufacturing plants and get some closer insight into how your favourite models are made.
Like we said, Honda Canada’s manufacturing plants are just as Canadian as the wet, snow-covered grounds they were built on (probably). The company has had plants in Allison, Ontario since its first ribbon-cutting ceremony in 1986 introducing Plant 1. Today, the HCM Campus has 3 different manufacturing plants for producing different vehicles and components that you’ll learn more about just below:
What Does Each Plant Do?
- Plant 1: Two years after it opened, Plant 1 has been the home of the Honda Civic for the last few decades. Today, it produces several 10th generation Civic variations, including the coupe, sedan, and Si models.
- Plant 2: Opening just 12 years later in 1998, the second Honda Canada plant became the primary birthplace for almost all of the company’s SUV lineup, as well as a few Acura models. Plant 2 is responsible for producing models like the Pilot, Ridgeline, and CR-V, as well as the Acura MDX and ZDX
- Plant 3 (Engine Plant): 10 years later, the third plant was built for the sole purpose of developing four-cylinder engines for the Honda Civic and CR-V—each engine being built with aluminum from recycled materials.
The Manufacturing Process
- Stamping: Forming the steel parts of the vehicles under high pressure.
- Welding: Joining sub-assemblies with multiple materials via robotic welders.
- Painting: In addition to colouring the body, corrosion-protective coating is applied to the parts before applying sealer, sound deadener, and anti-chip primer.
- Final Assembly: Over a thousand components get installed to make the final product!
- Assessing Quality: Every vehicle that comes out of the plants are rigorously tested for quality and safety purposes, focusing on important components such as brakes, alignment, and more.
- To the dealership it goes!
By The Numbers
- A new vehicle comes out of both Honda plants almost every minute.
- 4,200+ manufacturing associates are producing Honda vehicles at both plants, today.
- 58% of Honda vehicles sold in Canada are manufactured in both plants in Allison, Ontario.
- About 210,000 Honda Civic vehicles are built in Canada each year.
Want to see the fruits of Honda Canada’s labour? Visit us at Alberta Honda, today, and see the quality that goes into every vehicle for yourself!