Honda Produces 20- Millionth Automobile in North America



    TORONTO, Feb. 3 /CNW/ - Honda produced its 20-millionth automobile in
North America based on January 2009 production totals to be released this
week. Of that number, nearly 25 per cent were manufactured in Canada by the
Honda of Canada Mfg. assembly plants in Alliston, Ontario. Honda began local
North American auto production in Marysville, Ohio, in 1982, and in Alliston,
Ontario, in 1986(1).
    "The production of 20 million cars and light trucks in North America was
achieved through the ultimate in teamwork by our suppliers, business partners
and dealers working together with Honda associates to create joy for our
customers," said Tsuneo Tanai, president & CEO of Honda of America Mfg., Inc.
and head of Honda's production operations in North America, covering Canada,
U.S. and Mexico.
    In a letter thanking the more than 34,000 associates working in Honda
manufacturing, sales, marketing and R&D operations in North America, Tanai
said: "Most importantly, we owe our deepest appreciation to our customers, as
none of our accomplishments would be possible without the loyalty they have
shown to their Honda and Acura products."
    Honda has two Canadian vehicle assembly plants in Alliston, Ontario that
produce approximately 390,000 vehicles annually. In the U.S., Honda has a
vehicle assembly plant in Alabama and Indiana, and two vehicle assembly plants
in Ohio. There also is a vehicle assembly plant in Jalisco, El Salto, Mexico.
    In addition to the production of 20 million passenger cars and light
trucks, Honda's cumulative North American production of automobile engines
exceeds 18.4 million units, and its automatic transmission production exceeds
13 million units.
    Honda also continues to grow its automobile export program, including
both finished vehicles and component parts sets. From the start-up of
automobile exports in 1987 through 2008, Honda has exported 922,668 vehicles
made in North America to global markets.
    Honda has invested more than $10.6 billion (U.S.) in its North America
operations, including 16 major manufacturing facilities employing more than
27,000 associates, to produce Honda and Acura passenger cars and light trucks,
motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, personal watercraft, lawn mowers,
general-purpose engines, and other power equipment products.

    The Honda of Canada Mfg. facility in Alliston, Ontario, which opened in
1986, represents an investment in Canada of $2.6 billion (Cdn). With 4,600
associates, Honda builds the Honda Civic sedan and coupe, and the Acura CSX
sedan and MDX luxury utility vehicle at its two plants in Alliston, Ontario,
and produces fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engines at its new engine plant
adjacent to its Canadian manufacturing facilities. Nearly half of all Honda
and Acura vehicles sold in Canada in 2008 were made in Canada.

    (1) using domestic and globally sourced parts

    
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For further information:

For further information: Richard Jacobs (Honda Canada), (416) 287-4708;
Colin Fisher (Honda of Canada Mfg.), (705) 435-5561 (ext. 2108)


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