Honda marked a major milestone today as the company’s eight auto plants in the United States, Canada and Mexico reached the 30 million mark in total automobile production. Honda started auto production in North America in Marysville, Ohio, on Nov. 1, 1982. Last year, more than 97 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America.
“The production of 30 million automobiles in North America is the result of the support we have received from our customers and the communities that serve as a strong foundation of our operations in North America,” said Takuji Yamada, president of Honda North America, Inc. “This is an incredible achievement by Team Honda – including the tremendous dedication and teamwork of our associates, past and present, together with our suppliers, dealers and business partners – all focused on creating joy for our customers.”
Honda was the first Japanese automaker to begin production of automobiles in the U.S. and North America. Since production started in Marysville, Honda has established automobile manufacturing operations in East Liberty, Ohio; Lincoln, Ala.; Greensburg, Ind.; Alliston, Ontario; Canada; El Salto, Jalisco, Mexico and Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico. A fifth U.S. auto plant, the Performance Manufacturing Center, in Marysville will begin production next year of the next-generation Acura NSX supercar.
Honda auto production in North America is supported by engine manufacturing operations in Anna, Ohio; Lincoln, Ala.; Alliston, Ontario and Celaya, Mexico and by the production of automatic transmissions in Russells Point, Ohio, Tallapoosa, Ga., and Celaya. Total investment in Honda’s North American auto, engine and transmission facilities tops $17 billion, with these operations now employing more than 28,000 associates.
Honda’s automotive manufacturing operations produce 11 different models, including five passenger cars and six light trucks, and have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year.
Honda is supported by a network of 713 suppliers in North America, with purchasing of parts and components last year exceeding $26 billion.
Honda North America Automobile Production
|Plant||Production Total (year started)|
|Honda of America Mfg.|
|Marysville Auto Plant
East Liberty Auto Plant
|12.2 Million (1982)
5.1 Million (1989)
|Honda Manufacturing of Alabama||3.6 Million (2001)|
|Honda Manufacturing of Indiana||1.1 Million (2008)|
|Honda of Canada Mfg.|
|4.3 Million (1986)
2.9 Million (1998)
|Honda de Mexico, El Salto, Jalisco||640,000 (1995)|
|Honda de Mexico, Celaya, Guanajuato||175,000 (2014)|
|Honda Cumulative North American Auto Production||30 Million|
About Honda in North America
Honda established operations in America in 1959 and now employs more than 40,000 associates in its North American sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with total capital investment in North America exceeding $23 billion. Based on its longstanding commitment to “build products close to the customer,” Honda operates 18 major manufacturing facilities in North America. Using domestic and globally sourced parts, these plants produce a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, and the HondaJet advanced light jet. Honda also operates 14 major research and development centers in the U.S. with the capacity to fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.