In 1986, Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) began production with the assembly of the Honda Accord, leading the way as the first Japanese automobile manufacturer to establish a production facility in Canada. Honda opened its manufacturing plant in Canada as part of Honda's global commitment to building vehicles close to where they are sold.
In 1988, the plant switched to producing the Honda Civic a model that the Alliston plant continues to produce. In 1998, a second plant was opened to allow for production of the award-winning Honda Odyssey minivan. A third facility, an engine plant, opened in September 2008 and produces environmentally friendly aluminum engines.
Today, HCM is one of Honda's premier manufacturing facilities in the world. HCM represents a total investment of $2.6 billion (Cdn). It produces the Honda Civic Sedan, Si and Coupe in Plant 1, and Honda Civic Sedan and CR-V in Plant 2.
The manufacturing facility has an annual capacity of 390,000 units and employs approximately 4,000 Associates. The vehicles produced at HCM are sold in Canada and exported to the United States and other export markets.