Wednesday, 19 April 2017

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

BrHondaAcura

YrCRVCivRidPilOdyAccMDXELZDX









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
138

01
168

149
459

02
161
6469
598

03
187
11715
676

04
191
1238
674

05
1866166

686

06
1945776

546

07
2465517

693

08
29925


563

09
225



3321

10
208



6425

11
179



5212

12115226



68
1

13186215



7


14199194







15206179







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

BrHonda
Production

YrHRVCRVFitAcc
HonAcuCom











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
1433146

97


3
15711168

98


7
1788186

99


10
2778285

00


19
32521346

01


24
34154395

02


25
31967386

03


22
34173414

04


22
34471415

05


23
33674410

06


24
35160411

07
11
16
34572417

08
51


37559434

09
48


27336309

10
55


26371334

11
45


22455279

12
62


40369472

13
63


4647471

14
6283

538
538

151006344

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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