In 1982, Honda made the bold choice to build its vehicles in the United States. At the time, VW was the only foreign automaker manufacturing cars for sale in America, and their limited operation wasn't going as smoothly as planned, which created more than a few skeptics. As John Voorhorst, a consultant and retired executive of auto-parts supplier Denso, puts it, Honda was "the canary in the coal mine."1 In other words, the Big H's Marysville, Ohio plant was a big gamble in an unfamiliar environment, and many were betting that its chances didn't bode well.
What vehicle specifically was Honda willing to take such a big chance on? That would be none other than the Honda Accord mid-size sedan. Now one of the best selling vehicles in the United States today, it's safe to say that Honda made the right choice in betting it all on their first venture in North American production.
And while the fact that Honda has managed to establish such a firm manufacturing presence in the United States in the years since is impressive by itself, another even bigger milestone has been creeping up for some time now. That would be the thirty-year anniversary of the plant's first Accord built on U.S. soil. It's hard to believe that it's already been thirty years, but it's true. And Honda has never once looked back since making the decision. If anything, they've used the choice as a reason to bring the production of even more of its vehicles overseas, as evidenced by its expansion from just the U.S. to Mexico and Canada as well.
This means that when you finance or lease a new Honda at 2499 Auto Mall Pkwy Fairfield, CA, you can rest assured knowing that the vehicle you're considering is built in North America, as will future models for years to come.