Honda Canada Milestones

Since coming to Canada in 1969, Honda has had tremendous growth across the country and become a valuable part of the community. Discover some of the most notable milestones in our Canadian history.

2012

  • Production of the Honda CR-V begins at the Alliston, Ontario plant.

2011

  • Honda Canada Manufacturing celebrates its 25th anniversary in Canada. Since the Alliston plant opened in 1986, production has reached over 5.4 million vehicles. Find Out More
  • Honda announces that the 2012 CR-V will be produced at the Alliston, Ontario plant beginning in January 2012. This is part of Honda’s never-ending efforts to make production of all vehicles as efficient as possible.

2010

  • In May, Honda Canada opened its new Head Office Campus in Markham, Ontario.  The Head Office was built and designed to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified.
  • For the second year in a row, Maclean’s magazine names Honda one of Canada’s “50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations”.
  • Honda’s Civic Hybrid receives the "ecoEnergy vehicle" award for Canada’s most fuel-efficient compact car for the 7th consecutive year.
  • The Acura ZDX was awarded the top prize in the Design Breakthrough category in this year’s Ward’s Interior of the Year Awards.

2009

  • Honda celebrates its 40th anniversary in Canada in April 2009.
  • Honda’s 5 millionth vehicle made in Canada is produced in mid-April 2009 at Honda of Canada Manufacturing’s Alliston plant.
  • Maclean’s magazine names Honda one of Canada’s “50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations”.
  • The 4-cylinder Honda Accord Sedan receives the "ecoEnergy vehicle" award for Canada’s most fuel-efficient full-size car for the second year in a row.
  • Honda’s Civic Hybrid receives the "ecoEnergy vehicle" award for Canada’s most fuel-efficient compact car for the 6th consecutive year.
  • The Honda Civic receives the “AGL Residual Value Award” for 2009 model vehicles, and individual segment awards are given for the Honda Odyssey, Honda Fit and Honda Ridgeline.
  • The FCX Clarity vehicle, which is propelled by an electric motor and emits only water, earns the “2009 World Green Car” award.
  • The Honda Civic also remained Canada’s top-selling passenger car for an 12th consecutive year

2008

  • Honda opens its 3rd plant (an engine plant) in Alliston, Ontario, at Honda of Canada Manufacturing Inc.
  • Honda of Canada Manufacturing becomes Canada’s second largest manufacturer of cars and light trucks [combined].
  • The Honda Civic is named Canada’s top selling vehicle, retaining its status as Canada’s top-selling passenger car for 11 consecutive years.
  • The Honda Civic wins the J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey Award for the second year in a row (2007).

2007

  • The Honda Civic is the best selling passenger car in Canada in 2006 for the ninth year in a row. The Acura RDX (Technology Package) was named the 2007 Best New Utility Vehicle by the (AJAC) as well as the best new SUV/CUV ($35,000 - $65,000).
  • For the first time for Honda in North America, a Honda plant, that had only produced light trucks, also produces a passenger car on the same assembly line in Alliston, Ontario.

2006

  • Honda announces a new 4-cylinder engine plant to open in 2008 next to the Allison, Ontario assembly facility with an annual capacity of 200,000 engines. The engine plant will employ 340 associates, with a total investment of $154 million.
  • Honda Civic and Honda Ridgeline, both built in Alliston, Ontario, win the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) Car of the Year and Truck of the Year Awards respectively.
  • The Honda Civic Hybrid also wins the AJAC Award for Alternative Power Vehicle.
  • Production reaches the 4 millionth vehicle and Honda of Canada Mfg. celebrates its 20th anniversary in Canada.

2005

  • As part of its spirit to power dreams, the Honda Canada Foundation (HCF) was launched by Honda Canada Inc. and Honda of Canada Mfg. to enhance the social well being of Canadian communities.
  • Production of Honda's first truck, the Ridgeline, starts in Alliston, Ontario. Offering innovation, the Honda Ridgeline features the world's first huge In-Bed Trunk and is only produced in Alliston for worldwide distribution.

2004

  • Honda Canada's 3 millionth vehicle built in January.
  • Honda Canada announced a new sport utility truck (SUT) will be built in Plant 2, to replace Odyssey which was shifted to Honda Alabama plant.

2003

  • Honda's cumulative auto production worldwide reaches 50 million units.
  • Honda of Canada Mfg. receives "Leadership Award" for auto manufacturing category at the VCR awards ceremony in recognition of significant reduction targets to reduce environmental impacts.
  • 2 millionth Civic built.

2002

  • Plans announced to sell Civic Hybrid in Canada: to complement the Honda Insight and reinforce Honda's commitment to the environment.
  • On March 5th, Honda of Canada Mfg. is recognized at the Voluntary Challenge and Registry (VCR) awards ceremony as "Best New Submission", along with receiving a "Gold Champion Level Reporter" status for energy conservation.

2001

  • 2 millionth Honda vehicle sold in Canada.

2000

  • The Honda Insight, North American's first gasoline-electric hybrid is launched in Canada.
  • Acura MDX is launched and is only produced in Alliston, Ontario for worldwide distribution.
  • 1Horsepower and torque calculations reflect SAE net, Rev. 08/04, SAE J1349 procedures.
  • 2Does not replace the driver’s responsibility to exercise due care while driving.
  • 3For optimal tire wear and performance, tire pressure should be checked regularly with a gauge. Do not rely solely on the monitor system.
  • 4Forward Collision Warning (FCW) cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. FCW does not include a braking function. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.
  • 5Only compatible with certain devices and operating systems. Devices, cables and adapters are not included and must be purchased separately.
  • 6HomeLink® can be programmed with codes of up to three remote-control devices (e.g., garage-door opener, home security system, etc.). Additional control devices not provided by Honda may be required.
  • 7Map Database of the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System covers major metropolitan areas in Canada and the 48 contiguous U.S. states. For a list of current detailed coverage areas, refer to the Honda web site, www.honda.ca.
  • 8Lane Departure Warning (LDW) only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. LDW may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions. 
  • 9Display accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object and speed, and the display may not show all relevant traffic. The display is not a substitute for your own direct visual assessment of traffic conditions before changing lanes.
  • 10Text message and e-mail functions are only compatible with certain devices. Only use these functions when conditions allow you to do so safely.
  • 11Cellular data and/or voice charges may apply, including roaming charges and/or other amounts charged by your wireless carrier.
  • 12Some laws prohibit the operation of electronic devices while operating a vehicle. Launch applications and perform other operations on electronic devices only when the vehicle is safely parked. Certain functionalities may be locked while vehicle is operational.
  • 13Includes a no-charge trial of 3 months, beyond which service fees apply. Available in 10 Canadian provinces and 48 contiguous U.S. states. See terms and conditions at www.siriusxm.ca.
  • 14Based on 2014 EnerGuide Fuel Consumption Guide ratings published by Natural Resources Canada. Transport Canada approved test methods used. Your actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving habits and other factors – use for comparison only.
  • 15The system is not a substitute for your own visual assessment before changing lanes; system accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object and speed.
  • 16Compatible smartphone required. All Aha platform feeds are audible, not visual in nature. Vehicle does not provide any feeds.
  • 17Government star ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Models tested with standard side-impact airbags (SABs).
  • 18With the required accessory towing package. See your owner’s manual for proper towing operation.
  • 19Based on GAC's Small Van segmentation.
  • 20Text message function is only compatible with certain devices. Only use this function when conditions allow you to do so safely.
  • 21See your owner’s manual for proper towing operation.
  • 22Honda FM Traffic traffic-flow data and incident-reporting coverage vary by market.
  • 23The 2014 Honda Ridgeline Special Edition trim will be available in late 2013.
  • 24The system is capable of recognizing standard verbal commands in English, French and Spanish.
  • 25Based on GAC segmentation.
  • 26Carrying too much cargo or improperly storing it can affect the handling, stability and operation of this vehicle. Before carrying any cargo, be sure to consult the owner's manual for load limits and loading guidelines.
  • 27Feature will access compatible iPhone only and not the vehicle. Images on vehicle’s Display Audio system will not mirror images on compatible iPhone.
  • 28HondaLinkTM Assist services are dependent upon cellular data and/or voice connection availability, HandsFreeLink™-bilingual Bluetooth® wireless mobile phone interface connectivity with the vehicle, and GPS satellite signal reception, each of which can limit the ability to reach either HondaLinkTM Customer Care or receive support. The HondaLinkTM Assist service uses location data. By using this service, you are consenting to and permitting your wireless carrier to share your location with others. Honda makes no representation, warranty or guarantee of accuracy, completeness or timeliness of any location data, product or service. For a full explanation of HondaLinkTM Assist functionality and Honda’s data use and privacy policy, see www.honda.ca/hondalinkassist. Subject to applicable law, Honda reserves the right to terminate or change HondaLinkTM Assist services and/or features at any time or for any reason, and in the future may not be able to provide services and/or features due to changes in technology, law or government regulation. For a full list of vehicles, devices and operating systems currently compatible with HondaLinkTM Assist, please visit www.honda.ca/hondalinkassist.
  • 29Registration required. Application download may be required. Depending on use, HondaLink™ can transmit to Honda and its providers: (i) a vehicle’s location, speed and other operating conditions; and/or (ii) information that may be tied to the vehicle identification number (VIN). Such information can be combined to track a vehicle. For a full explanation of HondaLink™ functionality and Honda’s data use and privacy policy, see www.honda.ca/hondalink. HandsFreeLink™-bilingual Bluetooth® wireless mobile phone interface may be required for certain services, features and/or applications. Some services, features and/or applications are dependent upon cellular data and/or voice availability and may require use of GPS for location-based content. Continued use of GPS running in the background can decrease battery life. Subject to applicable law, Honda reserves the right to terminate HondaLink™ services, features and/or applications at any time or for any reason, and in the future may not be able to provide services, features and/or applications due to changes in technology, law or government regulation. For a full list of vehicles, devices and operating systems currently compatible with HondaLink™, please visit www.honda.ca/hondalink.
  • 30Where a vehicle has a built-in Honda navigation system, this service may provide only a limited number of additional features. Requires one-time download of HondaLinkTM Navigation application (CAD$59.99 plus applicable taxes). Price is subject to change.