You don’t need to look far to see automakers abandoning sedans and cutting down on U.S. production, but Mid-Michigan drivers will notice that Honda’s presence in the U.S. remains exceptionally strong, with select 2018 U.S. production totals including:
They’ve invested over $5.6 billion in U.S. manufacturing, built 75 facilities that employ American workers, and boast 6 out of the 10 most fully made-in-America vehicles. Better yet, production shows no signs of slowing down at the U.S. plants that manufactured nearly two-thirds of the Honda and Acura vehicles sold in America in 2018.
In stark contrast, Ford has announced the discontinuation of their Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, and Taurus models, which should eliminate almost 90 percent of their North American car lineup by 2020. We’ve yet to find out exactly how this will impact jobs in America, but we’ve already seen Ford cut thousands across Europe and consider the closure of European plants. General Motors will be discontinuing the Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Impala, Cadillac CT6, Cadillac XTS, and Buick LaCrosse while shutting several North American plants and making substantial layoffs.
When it comes to U.S.-based production, Honda is an automaker of many firsts. They became:
Since 1987, Honda has exported a staggering 1.3 million automobiles from the U.S. They now boast 12 manufacturing facilities across the United States to produce Honda and Acura vehicles, Honda and Acura engines, transmission, and components, aircraft and aircraft engines, power equipment, and powersports products.
Honda’s advanced 10-speed automatic transmission is produced exclusively by Honda Precision Parts of Georgia.
The forward-thinking Honda Insight Hybrid, which increases Honda’s investment in the U.S. production of electrified vehicles, is built in their Indiana plant.
The all-new 2019 Honda Passport became the 8th Honda light truck to be developed and built in America when it was introduced to Alabama’s production roster.
The Honda Aircraft Company’s worldwide headquarters is in Greensboro, where they manufacture the HondaJet. Aircraft engines are built by Honda Aero in Burlington.
The first Honda manufacturing plant in America opened in 1979 in Marysville, Ohio, Today, they build products at 12 plants across the United States – 26.1 million cars and light trucks have been manufacturer in the U.S. since 1982.
Honda established its first U.S. business operation with a Los Angeles storefront in 1959. In the decades since, they’ve continued investing in America and fulfilled a longstanding commitment to build the productions consumers buy close to where they live.
During the last five years, Honda’s new investment into American operations has reached a phenomenal $5.6 billion. They now employ over 31,000 associates in the U.S, with 75% of them working in manufacturing. 75 U.S. facilities include manufacturing plants, R&D facilities, parts centers, marketing, sales, service, and finance operations, and Honda has invested $1.1 billion into its American R&D operations.
In fact, Honda enjoys the longest U.S. manufacturing presence of any international automaker. Everything from manufacturing and R&D to sales and finance operations have contributed to the American economy.
Honda does more than invest in the U.S. economy. They’re also committed to helping communities across the country – that’s why they set up the American Honda Foundation in 1984. Since then, the American Honda Foundation has provided grants to community organizations that serve over 118 million Americans.