January 13, 2004

Honda of Canada Manufacturing produces its three-millionth vehicle

Alliston, Ontario – Honda of Canada Manufacturing (HCM) announced the production of its three-millionth vehicle. A silver 2004 Acura MDX rolled off the assembly line on Saturday morning, January 10, to mark the milestone.

The three-millionth production achievement follows an announcement on January 4 that the plant will build the all-new Honda Sport Utility Truck, scheduled to go on sale in calendar year 2005.

Honda’s Alliston manufacturing plant set an all-time production record this past year with an increase of nearly 9 percent over 2002 with total vehicle production of 392,230 units. “Demand in North America continues to remain strong for the high-quality products built at our Alliston, Ontario, facility,” said Kalim Ansari, Executive Vice President of Honda Canada Inc.

“We have seen remarkable growth since the plant first opened in 1986 with a production capacity of 40,000 units – about one-tenth of our current production capacity,” Ansari said. “Achieving the production milestone of three million vehicles is truly a proud moment for Honda and its associates.”

The Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) plant began production in 1986 with the assembly of the Honda Accord. Honda was the first Japanese automobile manufacturer to establish a production facility in Canada. In 1988, the plant switched to producing the Honda Civic – a model that the Alliston plant continues to produce. In 1998, a second line was opened to allow for production of the Honda Odyssey minivan.

Today, it produces the Acura EL Sedan, the Honda Civic Sedan, the Honda Odyssey minivan, and the Honda Pilot and Acura MDX sport utility vehicles. The manufacturing facility has an annual capacity in excess of 390,000 units and employs more than 4,300. The vehicles produced at HCM are sold in Canada and exported to over 10 countries, including the United States, Japan and Australia.

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