Honda has had vehicle manufacturing roots in Canada for over 30 years now. The first Canadian plant was established in 1986—home to producing Canada’s best-selling car for 21 years, the Civic. Honda takes great pride in creating vehicles made in Canada, for Canadians, with over 58% of Honda vehicles sold in Canada being manufactured on our soil. From the now-three plants in Canada, to the entire process that goes into manufacturing a Honda, follow along with us at your choice Honda Edmonton dealer, Alberta Honda, as we go over the storied Honda manufacturing history.
Where are Hondas Made in Canada?
The Honda Canada Manufacturing facilities are all based in Alliston, Ontario, with the first of these plants best-known for its production of the Civic (having done so since 1988). Nowadays, it’s the leader for everything Civic, including building the Sedan, Coupe, and Si models. Thanks to all this production, around 210,000 Civics are built in Canada each year! A secondary plant (Plant 2), opened in 1998, in coordination with the creation of the Odyssey. Soon enough, it would also be home to the Ridgeline and a few Acura models (MDX and ZDX), before being dedicated to the CR-V in 2012. On average, a new vehicle comes off the production lines of Plant 1 and 2 every minute. 2008 saw the introduction of a third plant, an engine plant, which produces four-cylinder engines for both the Civic and CR-V. These engines are made with not only the best possible manufacturing means, but an environmental concern as well—including the use of aluminum sourced from recycled material. These plants are home to over 4,200 employees, contributing to the best Honda Canada has to offer.
What Goes Into Building a Honda Vehicle?
It takes a lot for a Honda to go from a pile of high quality parts, to sitting in your driveway. Every day the manufacturing process behind the Hondas you know and love (like the Civic and CR-V) goes a little something like this:
- Stamping: Steel parts are formed for the vehicle through stamping lines, thanks to stamping dies that form these frames from high pressure.
- Welding: Robotic welders put together the sub-assemblies, across a variety of materials, to form the vehicle.
- Painting: Dip tanks help prepare the vehicle for painting with a corrosion protection coating, then a sealer and sound deadener, before anti-chip primers and top coat are added.
- Final Assembly: Upon final assembly, thousands of components are added to the vehicle to make it dealership-ready.
- Vehicle Quality: The vehicle is tested for function first, with important details like its brakes and alignment, then track-tested to ensure everything works in concert.
- To The Dealership: Finally, the vehicle is shipped to dealerships like Alberta Honda, ready to go home with you!
If you have any more questions about how our Honda models are built, or the technology included, please don’t hesitate to contact our dealership! Our knowledge and customer service is what makes Alberta Honda your top choice for Honda SUVs, Honda trucks, and Honda cars in Edmonton.