What Is the History of Honda in Canada?


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Honda came to Canada in 1969 and started out as a small company that made motorcycles and power equipment. The Honda Civic was introduced in Canada in 1973, followed by the Honda Accord in 1976. In 1986, Honda built its first automobile manufacturing plant in Alliston, Ontario. The Acura Legend and the Acura Integra also entered the Canadian market in the same year.

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In 1984, the company announced its plan to start production of Honda vehicles in Canada and also opened a new office complex in British Colombia to provide services to Western Canada. The Honda Canada Finance was established in 1987 to develop reliable financing options for consumers and dealers. In 1993, Honda Canada produced its 500,000th vehicle, and in 1994, the company began to export Honda Civics. In 1995, the company received the International Organization for Standardization 9002 Certification.

In 1998, Honda established a second plant at the Alliston site to produce the Odyssey minivan. The company also received the ISO 14001 Certification for environmental standards. In 2005, the company launched the Honda Canada Foundation to help support the community. The year 2008 marked the completion of Honda Canada’s third manufacturing facility, a $154 million engine plant. In May 2010, the company relocated to its new head office in Markham, Ontario.

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