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CANADIAN PRODUCTION OF THE ALL-NEW 2012 HONDA CR-V BEGINS AT HONDA OF CANADA MFG. IN ALLISTON, ON

More than 70 per cent of Honda vehicles sold in Canada will now be built in Canada.

ALLISTON, ON (January 23, 2012) – Production of the all-new 2012 Honda CR-V, Canada’s top-selling import SUV, officially began today at Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) in Alliston, ON. With the addition of CR-V to the Ontario facility, Honda Canada’s two best-selling vehicles, the Honda Civic and CR-V, are now being made in Canada by Canadians.

“The Honda CR-V has set the gold standard in the compact SUV segment and has been embraced by Canadians since it arrived here in 1997,” said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president, Honda Canada Inc. “We’re proud that the all-new 2012 CR-V will be Canadian built.”  

The addition of the CR-V to HCM’s production lineup makes it the first Honda plant in North America to produce four distinct models (Civic, CR-V, MDX and ZDX) on one line, demonstrating the flexibility and capability of HCM and its Associates.

“It certainly has been a challenging year for our 4,200 Associates at HCM,” said Gilles Madore, vice president, Honda of Canada Mfg. “But with Civic being named Canada’s number one-selling passenger car for the fourteenth straight year and the addition of Honda’s second best-selling vehicle in Canada to our facility, we’re incredibly proud of what we have accomplished and are ready to provide Canadians with a made-in-Canada CR-V.”

In November 2011, Honda celebrated 25 years of manufacturing in Canada at its facilities in Alliston, Ontario. Since 1987, Honda has built close to 6 million vehicles and invested more than $2.6 billion in Canada. The company also purchases more than $1.1 billion in goods from Canadian suppliers every year.  

“The inauguration of Honda’s new CR-V at the Alliston plant in Ontario signals the strength of the auto sector in Ontario, new momentum for Honda and demonstrates confidence in the province’s economy,” said Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Innovation.  “This move helps secure our position as a top auto manufacturing hub in North America and protect valuable sector jobs.”

About the 2012 CR-V
For 2012, the fourth-generation Honda CR-V embraces a sophisticated styling direction in conjunction with improved interior comfort, improved fuel economy, a smoother and quieter ride, and more innovative features as part of a ‘total package’ approach. Long considered as a benchmark vehicle in its class with high levels of quality, refinement and value, the 2012 CR-V is designed to exceed customer expectations in Canada’s compact sport-utility vehicle (SUV) segment with increased value resulting from added content and lower MSRPs across the entire CR-V lineup.

Starting at just $25,990, the all-new Honda CR-V has its lowest starting price in more than a decade.

About Honda Canada
Honda Canada Inc. was founded in 1969 and currently employs approximately 4,700 associates in addition to more than 15,000 dealership personnel across the country. Honda Canada has built close to 6 million cars and trucks since 1986. Honda’s two vehicle assembly plants in Alliston, Ontario, produce Honda CR-V, the Civic Coupe, Sedan and Si models, and the Acura MDX and ZDX. An adjacent engine plant produces fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engines for Civic. All three plants have achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status. Honda Canada has invested more than $2.6 billion in Canada, and annually sources nearly $1.1 billion in goods and services from Canadian suppliers.

  • 1Horsepower and torque calculations reflect SAE net, Rev. 08/04, SAE J1349 procedures.
  • 2Does not replace the driver’s responsibility to exercise due care while driving.
  • 3For optimal tire wear and performance, tire pressure should be checked regularly with a gauge. Do not rely solely on the monitor system.
  • 4Forward Collision Warning (FCW) cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. FCW does not include a braking function. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions.
  • 5Only compatible with certain devices and operating systems. Devices, cables and adapters are not included and must be purchased separately.
  • 6HomeLink® can be programmed with codes of up to three remote-control devices (e.g., garage-door opener, home security system, etc.). Additional control devices not provided by Honda may be required.
  • 7Map Database of the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System covers major metropolitan areas in Canada and the 48 contiguous U.S. states. For a list of current detailed coverage areas, refer to the Honda web site, www.honda.ca.
  • 8Lane Departure Warning (LDW) only alerts drivers when lane drift is detected without a turn signal in use. LDW may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. System operation affected by extreme interior heat. Driver remains responsible for safely operating vehicle and avoiding collisions. 
  • 9Display accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object and speed, and the display may not show all relevant traffic. The display is not a substitute for your own direct visual assessment of traffic conditions before changing lanes.
  • 10Text message and e-mail functions are only compatible with certain devices. Only use these functions when conditions allow you to do so safely.
  • 11Cellular data and/or voice charges may apply, including roaming charges and/or other amounts charged by your wireless carrier.
  • 12Some laws prohibit the operation of electronic devices while operating a vehicle. Launch applications and perform other operations on electronic devices only when the vehicle is safely parked. Certain functionalities may be locked while vehicle is operational.
  • 13Includes a no-charge trial of 3 months, beyond which service fees apply. Available in 10 Canadian provinces and 48 contiguous U.S. states. See terms and conditions at www.siriusxm.ca.
  • 14Based on 2014 EnerGuide Fuel Consumption Guide ratings published by Natural Resources Canada. Transport Canada approved test methods used. Your actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving habits and other factors – use for comparison only.
  • 15The system is not a substitute for your own visual assessment before changing lanes; system accuracy will vary based on weather, size of object and speed.
  • 16Compatible smartphone required. All Aha platform feeds are audible, not visual in nature. Vehicle does not provide any feeds.
  • 17Government star ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Models tested with standard side-impact airbags (SABs).
  • 18With the required accessory towing package. See your owner’s manual for proper towing operation.
  • 19Based on GAC's Small Van segmentation.
  • 20Text message function is only compatible with certain devices. Only use this function when conditions allow you to do so safely.
  • 21See your owner’s manual for proper towing operation.
  • 22Honda FM Traffic traffic-flow data and incident-reporting coverage vary by market.
  • 23The 2014 Honda Ridgeline Special Edition trim will be available in late 2013.
  • 24The system is capable of recognizing standard verbal commands in English, French and Spanish.
  • 25Based on GAC segmentation.
  • 26Carrying too much cargo or improperly storing it can affect the handling, stability and operation of this vehicle. Before carrying any cargo, be sure to consult the owner's manual for load limits and loading guidelines.
  • 27Feature will access compatible iPhone only and not the vehicle. Images on vehicle’s Display Audio system will not mirror images on compatible iPhone.
  • 28HondaLinkTM Assist services are dependent upon cellular data and/or voice connection availability, HandsFreeLink™-bilingual Bluetooth® wireless mobile phone interface connectivity with the vehicle, and GPS satellite signal reception, each of which can limit the ability to reach either HondaLinkTM Customer Care or receive support. The HondaLinkTM Assist service uses location data. By using this service, you are consenting to and permitting your wireless carrier to share your location with others. Honda makes no representation, warranty or guarantee of accuracy, completeness or timeliness of any location data, product or service. For a full explanation of HondaLinkTM Assist functionality and Honda’s data use and privacy policy, see www.honda.ca/hondalinkassist. Subject to applicable law, Honda reserves the right to terminate or change HondaLinkTM Assist services and/or features at any time or for any reason, and in the future may not be able to provide services and/or features due to changes in technology, law or government regulation. For a full list of vehicles, devices and operating systems currently compatible with HondaLinkTM Assist, please visit www.honda.ca/hondalinkassist.
  • 29Registration required. Application download may be required. Depending on use, HondaLink™ can transmit to Honda and its providers: (i) a vehicle’s location, speed and other operating conditions; and/or (ii) information that may be tied to the vehicle identification number (VIN). Such information can be combined to track a vehicle. For a full explanation of HondaLink™ functionality and Honda’s data use and privacy policy, see www.honda.ca/hondalink. HandsFreeLink™-bilingual Bluetooth® wireless mobile phone interface may be required for certain services, features and/or applications. Some services, features and/or applications are dependent upon cellular data and/or voice availability and may require use of GPS for location-based content. Continued use of GPS running in the background can decrease battery life. Subject to applicable law, Honda reserves the right to terminate HondaLink™ services, features and/or applications at any time or for any reason, and in the future may not be able to provide services, features and/or applications due to changes in technology, law or government regulation. For a full list of vehicles, devices and operating systems currently compatible with HondaLink™, please visit www.honda.ca/hondalink.
  • 30Where a vehicle has a built-in Honda navigation system, this service may provide only a limited number of additional features. Requires one-time download of HondaLinkTM Navigation application (CAD$59.99 plus applicable taxes). Price is subject to change.