Even while other automakers are abandoning sedans and announcing layoffs, Honda’s American presence remains strong. They provide a huge range of American made cars – nearly two-thirds of the Honda and Acura vehicles sold in America during 2018 came from U.S. plants – and have put $5.6 billion towards U.S. manufacturing. In fact, 2018 U.S. production totals included:
While Honda keeps investing in America, plenty of other automakers are making changes. Ford just announced the elimination of almost 90 percent of their North American car lineup by 2020, including the Ford Fiesta, Ford Fusion, Ford Focus, and Ford Taurus. We can’t yet say exactly how that move will impact workers in the U.S., but we’ve already seen Ford cutting jobs across Europe, and they’re thinking about closing their European plants. General Motors certainly seems to be heading in that direction. They’ve recently announced the discontinuation of the Cadillac CT6, Cadillac XTS, Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Impala, and Chevrolet Volt, plus substantial layoffs and the closure of five North American facilities.
In 1985, Honda became the first Japanese automaker to build engines within the U.S. By the end of 1989, they’d also become the first to build transmissions within our borders, and by 1987 they were the first Japanese automaker to export U.S.-built cars to overseas markets. Just in case you’re wondering, they’ve exported a staggering 1.3 million automobiles from the U.S. since that time.
Flash forward to the present day and you’ll find 12 manufacturing facilities across the United States producing Honda and Acura models, Honda and Acura engines, transmissions, and components, aircraft and aircraft engines, power equipment, and powersports products.
Ohio Honda facilities are found in Anna, East Liberty, and Marysville. Those plants are responsible for producing the Honda Accord, Honda Accord Hybrid, Honda CR-V, several Acura models, and multiple engines.
Honda’s state-of-the-art 10-speed automatic transmission is produced exclusively by Honda Precision Parts of Georgia.
Honda is committed to increasing investment in the U.S. production of electrified vehicles, which is why the Honda Insight Hybrid is built in Indiana.
Built in Alabama, the all-new Honda Passport has just become the 8th Honda light truck to be both developed and built in the United States.
Responsible for the HondaJet, the Honda Aircraft Company’s worldwide headquarters is located in Greensboro. Several aircraft engines are built by Honda Aero in Burlington.
Honda has been manufacturing in the United States since 1979. Their first plant was in Maryville Ohio, and they’re still producing vehicles there to this day. Of course, you’ll now find 12 Honda manufacturing plants across the country. Those plants have built 26.1 million cars and light trucks in the U.S. since 1982.
Honda’s first U.S. business operation was humble enough – back in 1959, you’d have found a simple Los Angeles storefront. But much has changed over 60 years of investment. As well as fulfilling a longstanding commitment to build products closer to the customer, Honda has established the longest U.S. manufacturing presence of any international automaker. In the process, they’ve contributed to the economy through U.S.-based manufacturing, research and development, sales, and finance operations.
Wisconsin Heartland drivers may already know that Honda invests in American communities as well as in the U.S. economy. The American Honda Foundation has provided grants to community organizations that have served more than 118 million Americans since it was established in 1984.