03 August 2016

Honda Assembly USA : 1982-2005

To answer the question no one was asking, Honda currently has four plants in the US. As things progressed, the 500,000 production figure was passed in 1995 - which was comprised of 390,000 Accord models and 160,000 Civics. 1 million was reached in 2007, made up of six Honda and two Acura models. In 2015, they made 1.27 million Honda and Acura cars with 16% of them being from the Acura range. How did it get to that point of success?


It started in Marysville, Ohio  in late 1982, when the first Honda Accords came down the assembly line. In 1986, the Civic model joined it and in 1998 the Acura TL was introduced to the Marysville plant as a second model. The Civic had moved to East Liberty by 1991 but in the year 2000, it took over the Acura CL production from East Liberty. It therefore became the exclusive US Acura plant for over a decade.

In 1990, a second plant was up and running, also in Ohio in East Liberty. It took over the Civic assembly from Marysville. By 1995 the first Acura car made in the US, the CL (midsized coupé) model came from this plant. It lost the Acura CL in 2000 but in 2002 it started making the unusual Honda Element compact SUV.

In 2002, the third US plant in Lincoln, Alabama was assigned the Odyssey minivan and in 2004 the Pilot crossover.

The figures below are in thousands. Please add three zeros.

Pl Marysville East Liberty Lincoln
Total
Br Honda Acura Honda Acu Honda
Production
Yr Acc Civ TL CL Civ Acc Ele CL Ody Pil
Hon Acu Com
82 1 - - - - - - - - -
1 - 1
83 55 - - - - - - - - -
55 - 55
84 139 - - - - - - - - -
139 - 139
85 145 - - - - - - - - -
145 - 145
86 213 24 - - - - - - - -
238 - 238
87 236 88 - - - - - - - -
324 - 324
88 256 110 - - - - - - - -
366 - 366
89 233 129 - - - - - - - -
362 - 362
90 334 49 - - 52 - - - - -
435 - 435
91 357 - - - 85 9 - - - -
451 - 451
92 342 - - - 102 14 - - - -
458 - 458
93 283 - - - 121 - - - - -
404 - 404
94 361 - - - 138 - - - - -
499 - 499
95 394 - - - 159 - - - - -
553 - 553
96 424 - - - 187 - - 23 - -
611 23 634
97 416 - - - 201 - - 31 - -
617 31 648
98 425 - 31 - 208 - - 30 - -
633 62 695
99 369 - 79 - 222 - - 16 - -
591 95 686
00 336 - 84 31 226 - - - - -
562 115 677
01 363 - 78 15 236 - - - 2 -
601 93 695
02 336 - 72 14 219 - 3 - 108 -
666 86 752
03 381 - 60 4 148 - 84 - 168 -
781 65 845
04 350 - 83 - 134 - 57 - 152 28
721 83 803
05 354 - 89 - 134 5 66 - 205 88
851 89 940

Data source: Honda.

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