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Honda Sets Record For All-Time Auto Production In North America

•    Honda's eight automobile plants in North America built over 1.86 million vehicles in 2015
•    NA plants produce more than 99 percent of Honda and Acura vehicles sold in Canada
•    Production line-up changes in Indiana and Mexico to fortify light-truck supply capability

Markham, ON (January 11, 2016) - Honda today reported that in 2015 it set an all-time record for single-year North American auto production, with total production of 1,862,491 Honda and Acura vehicles, an increase of 3.1 percent over the previous record set in 2014. Honda's eight auto plants in North America produced more than 99 percent of the Honda and Acura cars and light trucks sold in Canada in 2015.

Honda today also announced plans to fortify its light-truck supply capability by adding production of the Honda CR-V to the company's Indiana plant and the all-new HR-V at a second plant in Mexico, both moves planned to take place in 2017.

"We are extremely proud of the record-setting efforts of our associates, which was key to our ability to meet record demand from our customers in North America for Honda and Acura vehicles," said Takuji Yamada, president of Honda North America, Inc. "Our dedicated team of associates at our eight auto plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is committed to producing the high-quality products our customers have come to expect from the Honda and Acura brands."

Production flexibility has long been a hallmark of Honda's North American manufacturing success, enabling the company to add production of new models and move production between plants to optimize capacity and meet the changing needs of its customers. In 2015, this included the startup of production of the all-new Civic, HR-V and Pilot in North America and the announcement of plans to dual source the Acura MDX by adding production in Ohio in early 2017, in addition to existing production in Alabama.

"We must make more efficient use of our existing capacity in North America," said Takahiro Hachigo, president & CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.  "We will work to advance a complementary supply system to meet the needs of customers in each local market and supplement the needs of customers in other regions."

Regarding the production moves planned in 2017, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (HMIN) will begin CR-V production, in addition to its current production of the Civic Sedan. The CR-V will continue to be produced at the East Liberty (Ohio) Auto Plant and at Honda of Canada Mfg. Further, the Honda de Mexico (HDM) plant in Guadalajara, which currently produces the CR-V, will transition to production of the HR-V in 2017 to help meet demand for Honda's hot-selling entry crossover model, establishing a dual sourcing relationship for the HR-V with Honda's other automobile plant in Mexico, located in Celaya.

Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) is the global lead plant for the current generation Honda Civic.  HCM was not only the first plant in the world to launch the all-new Civic into mass production, but was also responsible for developing the processes and tooling that formed the manufacturing base at all Honda plants globally that build the tenth generation Civic model.  This marks the first time a Honda plant outside Japan has been designated as a global lead plant, which reflects the knowledge and experience of Canadian Honda manufacturing associates.



About Honda in North America
Honda operates 18 manufacturing facilities in North America, including eight automobile plants with the capacity to produce nearly 2 million Honda and Acura automobiles annually, using domestic and globally sourced parts.  This comprises more than 90 percent of the new Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the region.  The company has invested more than $22 billion in its North American manufacturing operations with cumulative purchases from North American parts suppliers surpassing $330 billion.