• Clarity Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle will arrive in Canada in late 2017
• New hybrid model will be made in North America and launch in 2018
• Will expand alternative fuel vehicles to light truck lineup
MONTREAL, Jan. 19, 2017 – Honda Canada today announced that it will begin selling
the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid in 2017 and will introduce a new dedicated hybrid model that
will be made in North America and launch nationwide in 2018, as part of the Honda
Electrification Initiative, which will expand the company’s portfolio of electrified vehicles.
Honda Canada also announced it will expand alternative fuel vehicles to its light truck
lineup in the future.
Earlier this month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit,
Honda’s global CEO Mr. Takahiro Hachigo said, “"half of the all-new models that Honda
will launch in the United States in the coming two years will be electrified vehicles. In the
long term, electrified vehicles are key to the future of carbon-free mobility."
“Today, Honda Canada announced that its new product launch cadence would
reflect the U.S. strategy as we prepare to introduce all-new alternative fuel vehicles
to the Canadian market,” said Jean Marc Leclerc.
Honda has set a global target for two-thirds of all sales to come from electrified
models by 2030 and to halve its total company CO2 emissions from 2000 levels by
The new, dedicated hybrid vehicle will utilize Honda’s innovative two-motor
hybrid system, which is currently deployed in the 5.8L/100km Accord Hybrid. The new
model will be produced at an existing plant in the United States. Additional details on
the vehicle and its manufacturing will be announced closer to launch.
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Honda Canada Inc. (HCI) was founded in 1969 and is the parent company for both Honda and Acura
vehicle brands in Canada. The company has produced more than seven million cars and light trucks
since 1986 at its two manufacturing facilities and builds engines at a third manufacturing plant in Alliston,
Ontario. Both manufacturing facilities are extremely flexible and currently build Honda Civic and CR-V
models. Honda Canada has invested more than $4.7 billion in Canada and each year it sources nearly
$2.1 billion in goods and services from Canadian suppliers. Honda Canada has sold more than four
million Honda and Acura passenger cars and light trucks in Canada.