Honda Has Built its 25 Millionth Automobile in the U.S.
In 2017, over 65% of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in the U.S.
A 2018 Honda Accord, painted in Obsedian Blue Pearl, rolled off production line in Honda’s Marysville Auto Plant on February 28th. It was one of hundreds built that day, but this one was different. This particular Accord was the 25 millionth Honda vehicle built in the United States, and Honda was ready to celebrate the occasion.
Beginning production in 1982, the plant made Honda the first Japanese automaker to produce cars in the U.S. The Marysville plant is one of five Honda auto plants now operating in the United States. Honda has a manufacturing presence in Alabama, Indiana, Georgia and Ohio.
“For over 35 years, Honda associates in America have focused on building high quality automobiles for our customers, a passionate commitment that has enabled us to reach this production milestone,” said Tom Shoupe, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Honda of America Mfg., Inc. “This achievement truly represents 25 million customers who put their faith in the Honda brand and we will continue to honor this relationship with a focus on achieving the highest levels of quality and innovation in the next 25 million vehicles.”
To celebrate the production milestone, Honda has initiated an annual scholarship fund for students pursuing educations in the fields of engineering, supply chain and manufacturing at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The initial donation of $25,000 will be administered through the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF). In addition to the financial support, scholarship recipients will be invited to interview for internships and co-op positions at Honda operations.
Honda has a long tradition of supporting higher education, which includes its support for HBCUs. Honda sponsors the annual Honda Battle of the Bands, a musical showcase and scholarship fund for HBCU bands, and the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, an academic competition for the best and brightest students from HBCUs.
Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2017, over 65% of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in the U.S., using domestic and globally sourced parts. Today, Honda manufactures vehicles, engines, transmissions for automobiles, as well as aircraft and aircraft engines, power equipment products; and side-by-side and all-terrain vehicles at 12 manufacturing plants across the country.
Over nearly four decades, Honda has steadily grown its local manufacturing capabilities and today employs more than 20,000 manufacturing associates in the United States. Last year, Honda produced 1.2 million vehicles in the United States using domestic and globally sourced parts.