Toronto, Ontario – Honda Canada has commemorated the five-millionth vehicle made in Canada at its manufacturing facility in Alliston Ontario, 23 years after it first began building cars there.

The milestone vehicle, a 2009 Civic sedan, was presented to the Province of Ontario by Manabu Nishimae, Honda Canada president and CEO.  Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty received the keys in a ceremony at Queen’s Park, and in turn, presented the car to Pamela Fuselli, executive director of Safe Kids Canada.

“This is a significant accomplishment for Honda in Canada,” Nishimae said. “In 1986, we built the first of three factories in Alliston, based on our company’s philosophy to build our products close to our customers. Honda continues to invest its profits back into Canada as we strive to be a company that Canadians will want to exist. We are also committed to the manufacturing of green, safe, fun vehicles. Our donation to the province, and to Safe Kids Canada, is a reflection of this pledge to our Canadian consumers and to consumer safety.”

In 2008, Honda of Canada Manufacturing was Canada’s second-largest manufacturer of combined cars and light trucks. Up to 390,000 Honda and Acura vehicles are built each year at two plants in Alliston, which produces the Honda Civic, Acura CSX and MDX. A third plant began producing four-cylinder engines last September, with an annual capacity of 200,000 units. Honda said that nearly half of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in Canada in 2008 were built in Canada, a higher percentage than any other Canadian vehicle manufacturer.

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