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Honda Automobiles: Honda 2018 Production Results Show Rise in U.S. Auto Production

  • U.S. car prolongation rose 2.7 percent to 1.24 million cars and light trucks
  • Increased coherence helps U.S. plants grasp record light-truck production
  • U.S. prolongation of electrified vehicles strike new high with a Honda Insight and Accord
  • Continued investments in new automobile, energy apparatus and powersports products
  • Honda outlines 40 years of U.S. prolongation in 2019

Honda finished 2018 with prolongation of 1,820,779 automobiles in North America, that enclosed a 2.7 percent boost in U.S. car prolongation of 1,240,487 Honda and Acura cars and light trucks. As a result, a company’s 2018 U.S. car sales were 91.9 percent North America-made, with U.S.-made vehicles representing scarcely two-thirds (64.6 percent) of U.S. sales.

Honda U.S. car prolongation in 2018 included:

  • Record prolongation of 763,918 light trucks in Alabama, Ohio and Indiana
  • Record prolongation of 31,366 electrified vehicles in Ohio and Indiana
  • Powertrain prolongation of 1.43 million car engines in Ohio and Alabama
    and 1.18 million car transmissions in Ohio and Georgia

Honda also manufactures powersports, energy apparatus and aviation products in a U.S., with 2018 prolongation including: 

  • 123,000 Honda all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and side-by-sides in South Carolina
  • 535,000 Honda energy apparatus products and 1,690,045 million ubiquitous purpose engines in North Carolina
  • Honda Aircraft Co. began prolongation of a HondaJet Elite, powered by GE Honda turbofan engines, both done in North Carolina

Total North American car prolongation fell 1.7 percent as a Celaya, Mexico plant mislaid 4 months of prolongation while recuperating from flooding that struck on Jun 28. Production during Honda’s dual car plants in Canada rose 0.6 percent to 432,771 vehicles for a year.     

Record U.S. Production of Electrified Vehicles
The introduction of a new Indiana-made Insight hybrid sedan, along with a Ohio-made Accord Hybrid, Acura MDX Sport Hybrid and Acura NSX, led Honda to a new record for U.S. electrified car sales in 2018, adult 89 percent from a prior year to 52,880 hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel dungeon vehicles. This enclosed poignant innovations for prolongation of electrified vehicles and powertrain components, including $61.5 million in Indiana and Honda’s Russells Point, Ohio delivery plant for a prolongation of a all-new Insight and a hybrid energy unit. This outlines a initial time Honda has done pivotal components of a innovative two-motor hybrid energy section in America. In addition, a hybrid battery packs for both Insight and Accord are fabricated during a Marysville Auto Plant.

Production Flexibility Leads to Record U.S. Light Truck Production
Honda has also leveraged a stretchable prolongation ability to change a prolongation brew toward SUVs to grasp record prolongation of light trucks in America. Last summer, a association combined prolongation of CR-V to a Marysville, Ohio plant, a fourth plant in North America to build CR-V, that helped CR-V to a second true record year and an all-time best month in Dec 2018. Prior to that, in late 2017, a association finished a send of Acura MDX from Alabama to Ohio, that resulted in increasing reserve of Pilot from a Alabama plant, assisting boost U.S. sales of Pilot by 25 percent in 2018.  

Acura Production in Ohio
With a send of Acura MDX prolongation to a East Liberty Auto Plant, a association has now combined U.S. prolongation of Acura vehicles in a 3 Ohio car plants – a Marysville Auto Plant (TLX and ILX), a East Liberty Auto Plant (RDX and MDX), and a Performance Manufacturing Center (NSX) in Marysville. In 2018, 5 of 6 Acura models were done in America, comprising 99 percent of Acura’s U.S. sales. Moreover, Acura’s newest Ohio-made vehicle, a 2019 RDX, has enjoyed extensive early success with 7 uninterrupted record sales months (June-December).

New Investments and New Products
Honda finished some-more than $174 million in enlargement and creation activities during a U.S. plants in 2018, totaling $5.9 billion new collateral investments in Honda’s U.S. prolongation operations undertaken over a past 5 years. 

In further to a $65 million invested in U.S. electrified car and powertrain production, new U.S. prolongation investments in 2018 enclosed $54 million in a company’s East Liberty, Ohio car plant for prolongation of a new Acura RDX, a $10.5 million enlargement of a Swepsonville, North Carolina energy apparatus plant, and a $45 million enlargement of a Timmonsville, South Carolina powersports plant, including 250 new jobs, to support increasing prolongation of Honda ATVs and side-by-sides.

Honda also has begun prolongation of dual new U.S.-made products slated for launch early in 2019. The 2019 Honda Passport SUV, going on sale early this year, went into prolongation in Dec 2018 during a company’s Lincoln, Alabama plant alongside a Honda Pilot SUV, Odyssey minivan and Ridgeline pickup. As a pivotal new further to a flourishing corresponding lineup, a company’s Timmonsville, South Carolina plant began prolongation of a all-new Talon competition side-by-side, rising this spring.

40 Years of Honda Manufacturing in North America

Honda will symbol a 40th anniversary of prolongation products in America in Sept. 2019. Honda was a initial Japanese automaker to furnish products in America in 1979, followed by a start of car prolongation in Marysville, Ohio, on Nov. 1, 1982.

Over a march of 4 decades, Honda has usually grown a prolongation capabilities in a region. Honda now employs some-more than 25,000 associates during 19 plants in North America with a ability to furnish some-more than 1.92 million automobiles, 3 million engines, 400,000 energy apparatus products and 330,000 powersports products any year, regulating domestic and globally sourced parts. In 2018, some-more than 90 percent of all Honda and Acura automobiles sole in a U.S. were done in North America, and scarcely two-thirds were done in a U.S., regulating domestic and globally sourced parts. 

Honda also manufactures a HondaJet modernized light jet and GE Honda HF120 turbofan engines in America. Cumulatively, Honda has invested some-more than $22 billion in a North American prolongation capabilities, including some-more than $5.9 billion over a past 5 years. The association also works with some-more than 650 strange apparatus suppliers in North America with accumulative tools purchases surpassing $415 billion over 35 years

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