Even as we’ve seen other manufacturers closing factories and discontinuing their sedan and other small car models, Honda is maintaining an exceptionally strong presence in the U.S. It’s a presence that goes back over 60 years, so Honda currently boast:
It was just last year that Ford made headlines by announcing the discontinuation of popular models like the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, and Taurus – basically, they’re eliminating close to 90% of their North American lineup by the time 2020 rolls around. We’ve yet to see just how that decision will affect jobs in the U.S., but we’ve already seen Ford cutting thousands of roles across Europe and thinking about closing their European facilities. General Motors is certainly heading in that direction. They’ve scrapped the Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Volt, Cadillac CT6, Cadillac XTS, and Buick LaCrosse from their lineup, made substantial layoffs, and closed five of their North American plants.
At the same time, Honda has committed to keeping its U.S. plants open. In fact, U.S. plants manufactured almost two-thirds of the Honda and Acura models sold in America during 2018, with select 2018 U.S. production totals including:
In 1985, Honda became the first Japanese automaker to build engines in the U.S. In 1989, they became the first to build transmission systems within our borders, and in 1987 they became the first Japanese automaker to export U.S.-built cars to overseas markets. Since that date, they’ve exported 1.3 million automobiles from the U.S. With 12 manufacturing facilities set up in the United States alone, American workers are now responsible for producing:
You’ll find Honda facilities in Marysville, Anna, and East Liberty, Ohio producing popular models like the Honda Accord, Honda Accord Hybrid, and Honda CR-V, plus multiple engine types and various Acura models.
Honda’s 10-speed automatic transmission system is produced exclusively by Honda Precision Parts of Georgia.
The Honda Insight Hybrid represents further investment in the production of electrified vehicles in America, and it’s built in Indiana.
The all-new 2019 Honda Passport joined the Alabama production roster to become the 8th Honda light truck to be both developed and built in the United States.
The Honda Aircraft Company is responsible for the HondaJet, and their worldwide headquarters is located in Greensboro. Aircraft engines are built in Burlington by Honda Aero.
Honda first started manufacturing in the U.S. in 1979 when the Marysville, Ohio plant started production. Today, Honda boasts 12 manufacturing plants across America, and they’ve built a staggering 26.1 million cars and light trucks in the country since 1982.
Honda’s first U.S. business operation was a Los Angeles storefront back in 1959. Since then, they’ve spent 60 years investing in America to develop the longest U.S. manufacturing presence of any international automaker.
New investment into U.S. operations reached $5.6 billion over the last five years, and Honda now employs more than 31,000 associates within America, 75% of them working in manufacturing. $1.1 billion has been invested into Honda’s American R&D operations, and 75 U.S. facilities include manufacturing plants, R&D facilities, parts centers, marketing, sales, service, and finance operations. All of them contribute to the U.S. economy.
Of course, Honda knows that investing in the U.S. economy is only part of what makes American-made cars so important, so they set up the American Honda Foundation in 1984 to support American communities. They’ve since awarded grants to community organizations serving more than 118 million Americans.