Five million vehicles for Honda Canada
Amid turmoil in the auto industry, Honda of Canada Mfg. celebrated a milestone this week as it produced its five millionth vehicle assembled at the Alliston manufacturing plant. The five millionth vehicle was a 2009 Honda Civic sedan. It was presented to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty Tuesday at Queen’s Park. "This is a significant accomplishment for Honda in Canada," said Manabu Nishimae, president and CEO of Honda Canada Inc. "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." McGuinty said that Honda has been a major contributor to the economy in Ontario and Canada for 40 years. "We are honoured by Honda’s gift of its five millionth vehicle to the province of Ontario, and to one of our local charities, from a company that has become part of the Canadian manufacturing landscape," said McGuinty. After McGuinty received the keys to the five millionth car, he in turn donated the vehicle to Safe Kids Canada executive director Pamela Fuselli. "It is donations like this from our partners and supporters that enable Safe Kids Canada to provide Canadians with practical and reliable solutions to prevent injuries so that our children can be active, healthy and safe," said Fuselli. Up to 390,000 vehicles are built each year at the two pants in Alliston, including the Honda Civic, and the Acura CSX and MDX. A third plant began producing fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines last September. It was recently announced that the Alliston plants will also be producing the new Acura ZDX, a luxury four-door sports coupe.