The ultra modern production line at Honda Canada Manufacturing in Alliston, Ontario, came to a standstill on Tuesday afternoon as Canadian Olympian and host of the Amazing Race Canada, Jon Montgomery mounted the stage to kick off the unveiling of the all new Honda Civic.
The tenth generation Civic marks an important landmark for Honda in this country, as Honda Manufacturing Canada is the lead plant for new Civic, which means that all other plants around the globe follow its lead for process. This is the first time that a North American plant has taken the lead for a Global Honda model. It was actually kind of eerie being in a massive production plant that was quiet. It wasn’t to be quiet for long, as the cheers of employees even drowned out the way too loud music. There is a lot of pride in this place!
Civic is Honda’s top selling model globally along with being the top selling car in Canada for 17 years running and the most popular compact in the United States for the past 9 years.
With a three year plant update to the tune of $857 Million leading up to the production of the 2016 model, Plant 1 in Alliston boasts some other interesting statistics.
- One car comes off the production line every three seconds.
- From start to finish, it takes 13 hours to complete one vehicle.
- 7 hours of that time is taken up in the paint process.
- The paint shop can spray up to 7 different colours at the same time.
- 23 per cent of the cars built in Alliston will stay in Canada.
Alliston produces both two and four door models, and is complemented by a plant in Greensburg, Indiana. The all new turbocharged four cylinder engine however will solely be built here in Ontario.
The two and four door models will be followed later in 2016 by a 5 door hatch, the Si and the highly anticipated Type R.