Honda is headquartered in Japan, but they also believe in building their products close to where consumers buy them. That’s why Honda has such a huge U.S. presence and currently boasts:
At the same time as Honda is investing in the U.S., other manufacturers are content to discontinue sales of sedans and other popular models.
Ford has been attracting plenty of attention, by announcing the withdrawal of models like the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, and Taurus, which means almost 90% of their North American car lineup will be eliminated by 2020. We’ve yet to see how that will impact American jobs, but we can see Ford cutting thousands of jobs throughout Europe and even considering the closure of their European factories. General Motors has also discontinued various sedan and small car models, including the Chevy Cruze, Chevy Impala, Chevy Volt, Cadillac CT6, Cadillac XTS, and Buick LaCrosse. Car and Driver reports that this cost-saving move should lead to several North American plants being shut down before the year winds down, and GM has already announced substantial layoffs.
Conversely, we’ve seen Honda’s U.S plants show no sign of slowing production – they’ll continue to produce nearly two-thirds of the Honda and Acura vehicles sold in America for the foreseeable future.
Honda has always been committed to boosting the U.S. economy. Just a few landmark years include:
They’ve since exported 1.3 million automobiles from the U.S. and now boast 12 manufacturing facilities in the United States to produce:
Honda’s celebrated 10-speed automatic transmission system is exclusively produced by Honda Precision Parts of Georgia.
Honda’s plant in Indiana builds the Insight, which represents a new investment in the U.S. production of electrified vehicles.
The all-new 2019 Passport recently 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’s worldwide headquarters is found in Greensboro – it’s where they manufacture the HondaJet. Aircraft engines are built in Burlington by Honda Aero.
The first American Honda plant opening was in Marysville Ohio in 1979. Fast forward to the present day and you’ll find 12 Honda manufacturing plants across the country. They’ve built 26.1 million cars and light trucks within our borders since 1982.
The first of Honda’s U.S. business operations was a Los Angeles storefront in 1959. Thanks to over 60 years of investment, they’ve developed a considerable commitment to building their products closer to the customer. Honda’s investment into U.S. operations reached $5.6 billion during the last five years, and they currently:
All in all, Honda enjoys the longest American manufacturing presence of any international automaker. That’s something every Hampton Roads driver can appreciate.
Honda understands that investing in a country means more than creating jobs – that’s why the American Honda Foundation exists. Since 1984, they’ve awarded grants to community organizations all across the country, serving more than 118 million Americans in the process.