After many external obstacles and a prolonged delay, Honda Canada has finally announced that it has begun building the all-new 2012 CR-V at it’s Alliston Ontario plant. The first unit rolled off the assembly line on January 23, 2012.
First Honda CR-V produced in Canada
The CR-V joins three other models, (the Acura MDX and ZDX as well as the Honda Civic) being produced on the line at the central Ontario plant. This is the first generation of CR-V produced in Canada for the Canadian market.
Being the second most popular model in Honda’s line up, the redesigned CR-V couldn’t arrive fast enough to populate dealer showrooms. Honda’s production volume had been hit hard by supply chain issues caused by the Japanese Earthquake/ Tsunami, as well as the Thai floods last year.
According to Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president, Honda Canada Inc., “The Honda CR-V has set the gold standard in the compact SUV segment and has been embraced by Canadians since it arrived here in 1997,” “We’re proud that the all-new 2012 CR-V will be Canadian built.”
In November 2011, Honda celebrated 25 years of manufacturing in Canada at its facilities in Alliston, Ontario. Since 1987, Honda has built close to 6 million vehicles and invested more than $2.6 billion in Canada. The company also purchases more than $1.1 billion in goods from Canadian suppliers every year.