Honda Canada commemorates milestone of 5 millionth vehicle made in Canada



    TORONTO, April 28 /CNW/ - Honda Canada Inc. today commemorated the 5
millionth vehicle made in Canada at its Honda of Canada Mfg. vehicle
manufacturing facility in Alliston, Ontario. This milestone reflects Honda's
commitment to Canada since it began manufacturing vehicles here 23 years ago.
    The 5 millionth vehicle built - a 2009 Honda Civic sedan - was presented
by Honda Canada president and CEO, Mr. Manabu Nishimae, to the Province of
Ontario in a ceremony held at Queen's Park. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty
received the keys to the new Civic of behalf of the Province of Ontario and,
in turn, presented the car to Pamela Fuselli, executive director of Safe Kids
Canada.
    "This is a significant accomplishment for Honda in Canada," said Manabu
Nishimae, president and chief executive officer of Honda Canada Inc. "In 1986,
we built the first of three factories in Alliston, based on our company's
philosophy to build our products close to our customers. Honda continues to
invest its profits back into Canada as we strive to be a company that
Canadians will want to exist. We are also committed to the manufacturing of
green, safe, fun vehicles. Our donation to the Province, and to Safe Kids
Canada is a reflection of this pledge to our Canadian consumers and to
consumer safety."
    "Honda has been a major contributor to Ontario and Canada's economy for
forty years," said Premier McGuinty. "We are honoured by Honda's gift of its 5
millionth vehicle to the Province of Ontario, and to one of our local
charities, from a company that has become part of the Canadian manufacturing
landscape."
    "We are grateful to Premier McGuinty, the Ontario government and Honda
Canada for their support and commitment to keeping children safe on our
roads," said Pamela Fuselli, executive director, Safe Kids Canada. "It is
donations like this from our partners and supporters that enable Safe Kids
Canada to provide Canadians with practical and reliable solutions to prevent
injuries so that our children can be active, healthy and safe."

    
    Quick Facts:

    -   In 2008, Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) was Canada's second largest
        manufacturer of combined cars and light trucks.
    -   Honda employs more than more than 5,000 Honda Canada Associates
        coast-to-coast, and provides employment to more than 21,000 Canadians
        through manufacturing, sales offices, and dealerships across the
        country.
    -   Up to 390,000 Honda and Acura vehicles a year are built at the two
        HCM vehicle manufacturing plants in Alliston, Ontario, including the
        Honda Civic, Acura CSX and MDX. A third plant began producing fuel-
        efficient 4-cylinder vehicle engines last September with an annual
        capacity of 200,000 units.
    -   Honda Canada Inc. sells more than 170,000 passenger cars and light-
        duty trucks in Canada. The company was the first Japanese company to
        start production in Canada, where it manufactures the Honda Civic -
        Canada's top-selling car for the past 11 years.
    -   The Honda Canada Foundation and its corporate entities provide annual
        funding to registered non-profit charities across Canada in support
        of safety, education, engineering and sustaining of the environment
        for (children and) youth.
    

    Now in its 40th years of operations in Canada, Honda Canada Inc. has sold
more than 3,200,000 Honda and Acura passenger cars and light-duty trucks.
Nearly half of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in Canada in 2008 were made
in Canada - a higher percentage than any other Canadian vehicle manufacturer.

    
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