In 1986, Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) began production with the assembly of the Honda Accord, leading the way as the first Japanese automobile manufacturer to establish a production facility in Canada. Honda opened its manufacturing plant in Canada as part of Honda's global commitment to building vehicles close to where they are sold.
In 1988, the plant switched to producing the Honda Civic a model that the Alliston plant continues to produce. In 1998, a second plant was opened to allow for production of the award-winning Honda Odyssey minivan. A third facility set to open in 2008 will be an environmentally friendly aluminum engine facility, that will be the only location in North America to produce both cars and trucks on the same production line.
Today, HCM is one of Honda's premier manufacturing facilities in the world. HCM represents a total investment of $2 billion (Cdn). It produces the Acura CSX Sedan, Honda Civic Sedan, Si and Coupe in Plant 1, and Honda Ridgeline truck, Honda Civic Sedan and Acura MDX sport utility vehicles in Plant 2. HCM is the only facility in the world that produces the Ridgeline, MDX, CSX and Civic 2-door.
The manufacturing facility has an annual capacity of 390,000 units and employs more than 4,300 Associates. The vehicles produced at HCM are sold in Canada and exported to over 10 countries, including the United States, Japan and Australia.