Honda Sets Record for Auto Production in North America

Noria news wires

Honda recently reported that it set an all-time record for single-year North American automobile production in 2015, with total production of more than 1.8 million Honda and Acura vehicles, which was 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 the United States in 2015.

Honda 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 new HR-V at a second plant in Mexico. Both moves are 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.

Continued flexibility has enabled Honda to add production of new models and move production between plants to optimize capacity and meet changing customer needs. In 2015, this included the startup of production of the Civic, HR-V and Pilot in North America, as well as the announcement of plans to dual-source the Acura MDX by adding production in Ohio in early 2017.

"We must make more efficient use of our existing capacity in North America," said Takahiro Hachigo, president and CEO of Honda Motor Co. "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."

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.

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