- Civic production is led for the first time by North American manufacturing operations
- All-new 2016 Civic Sedan going on sale in the U.S. and Canada in November
- 2016 Civic Sedan and Coupe for N.A. markets to be produced in Alliston, Ontario and Greensburg, Indiana
Honda today commemorated the global start of mass production of the all-new from the ground up 2016 Honda Civic Sedan at Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) in Alliston, ON. Slated to go on sale at dealerships across the U.S. and Canada in November, the all-new 10th-generation Honda Civic Sedan is the most ambitious remake of Civic in the model's 43-year history. Civic is Honda's best-selling model globally, Civic also is the most popular compact car with individual U.S. car buyers for 9 years running1 and the outright best-selling car in Canada for 17 consecutive years.
"This 10th-generation Civic will set a new benchmark in the compact class with fun-to-drive performance, fuel efficiency and safety performance, together with a new level of refinement," said Dan Smith, president of Honda of Canada Mfg. "Our team also set a new benchmark, taking on the incredible challenge of being the lead plant for the global launch of this new Civic, and we're committed to delivering world-class Civic quality for our customers here in North America and around the world."
As the global lead plant for this 10th-generation Civic, HCM will not only be the first plant in the world to launch the new Civic into mass production, but is also responsible for developing the manufacturing processes and technologies that will form the manufacturing base for Civic production at all 11 Honda plants globally that will build the new Civic model.
Today's ceremony follows Honda's recent announcement of a significant investment of $857 million over three years to innovate its production facilities in Alliston. Civic also will be built at a Honda plant in Greensburg Indiana, with the new turbo engine built exclusively at the Honda engine plant in Anna, Ohio.
More than 9 million Civics have been produced in North America since 1986, including more than 4.5 million in Canada and nearly 4.5 million in the U.S. Cumulative sales of Civic in North America since its 1973 launch exceed 12 million units, including more than 10.2 million sales in the U.S. and 1.9 million sales in Canada.
The Civic sedan is the first in a series of new 10th-generation Civic models that will include a sedan, coupe, high-performance Si models, a 5-door hatchback and the first-ever Civic Type-R model for the North American market, comprising the most diverse and innovative lineup in Civic's 43-year history.
Backing up the new Civic's dramatic and sporty design with new power and efficiency, for the first time the 2016 Civic will feature two all-new engines – including the first-ever application of Honda turbo engine technology in North America. These powerful and fuel-efficient new engines combined with a sophisticated new body and chassis design to deliver incredibly responsive and sporty performance with a higher level of ride refinement and class-leading fuel efficiency.
Honda became the first Japanese automaker to manufacture cars in the U.S. in 1982 with the opening of its Marysville, Ohio auto plant, and began production in Alliston, Ontario in 1986.
Employing more than 4,000 associates, HCM has the capacity to produce 390,000 Civic and CR-V models annually for North American and global markets. HCM also produces 240,000 four-cylinder engines annually. Honda Canada has invested more than $3.9 billion in Canada and each year it sources nearly $2.1 billion in goods and services from Canadian suppliers.
About Honda in North America
Honda operates 18 manufacturing facilities in North America, including eight automobile plants with the capacity to produce nearly 2 million Honda and Acura automobile annually using domestic and globally sourced parts. This comprises more than 90 percent of the new Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the region. The company has invested more than $22 billion in its North American manufacturing operations with cumulative purchases from North American parts suppliers surpassing $330 billion.
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1 Based on IHS Automotive new retail vehicle registration data in the non-luxury compact car segment for CY2007-2014 and for 2015CYTD June