08 August 2016

Honda Assembly Canada & Mexico : 2006-15

Honda Alliston, Ontario, Canada

Honda make cars in both Canada and Mexico, in three plants. It started ion 1986 in Canada and 1996 in Mexico. Volume has built gradually but consistently.

Honda Canadian plant at Alliston, Ontario was up and running in 1987, making the Accord medium sized car temporarily but by 1989 the Civic small sedan had taken over. Nothing changed until 1996, when the Acura EL compact sedan was added. Two years later the Odyssey mini van joined the team, followed in another two years by the Acura MDX medium crossover. When the Honda Pilot medium SUV was introduced in 2001, there were five models being made at the Alliston facility.

Then gradually Honda models were dropped back to one in 2009, the Civic. That year the very unusual Acura ZDX mid-sized 5-door liftback was added. Production was miniscule and was soon finished. The other two Acura models ended too. At this time the CR-V medium SUV was introduced, so that Alliston ended up with two models.

Data is in thousands, so just add three zeros.



Canada

Br Honda Acura

Yr CRV Civ Rid Pil Ody Acc MDX EL ZDX









CSX

87



16



88
38

12



89
87







90
106







91
99







92
104







93
101







94
108







95
106







96
142




3

97
154




11

98
159

12

8

99
168

99

8

00
159

147
13 8

01
168

149
45 9

02
161
64 69
59 8

03
187
117 15
67 6

04
191
123 8
67 4

05
186 61 66

68 6

06
194 57 76

54 6

07
246 55 17

69 3

08
299 25


56 3

09
225



33 2 1

10
208



64 2 5

11
179



52 1 2

12 115 226



68
1

13 186 215



7


14 199 194







15 206 179







In 1996 a new plant at El Salto, Jalisco, Mexico commenced assembling the Accord (in tiny numbers). Little changed until 2007 when the Civic replaced it and numbers lifted a notch. Extra volume was required and a new plant was operational in 2014 at Celaya, Guanajuato. It makes the small Fit (Jazz) hatchback and small crossover HR-V models.



Mexico
Total

Br Honda
Production

Yr HRV CRV Fit Acc
Hon Acu Com











87




16
16

88




50
50

89




87
87

90




106
106

91




99
99

92




104
104

93




101
101

94




108
108

95



106
106

96


1
143 3 146

97


3
157 11 168

98


7
178 8 186

99


10
277 8 285

00


19
325 21 346

01


24
341 54 395

02


25
319 67 386

03


22
341 73 414

04


22
344 71 415

05


23
336 74 410

06


24
351 60 411

07
11
16
345 72 417

08
51


375 59 434

09
48


273 36 309

10
55


263 71 334

11
45


224 55 279

12
62


403 69 472

13
63


464 7 471

14
62 83

538
538

15 100 63 44

592
592

For the last 15 years, production volume in Canada has been relatively level, with Mexico picking up recently. Canadians worry about their car industry being lost, but that seems unlikely. I can't see it growing however. Mexico on the other hand is finally growing although its two plants are still producing less than Canada'a one.

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