2014 Honda Civic
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Honda's direct North American employment exceeds 28,000 in 2013

For those 'old school' Made in America automotive enthusiasts, read on as 28,000 of your friends and neighbors work for Honda manufacturing with an additional 148,000 employed by the Honda brand dealership networks and distributors. Honda of North America had no "measurable" manufacturing related layoffs during the economic meltdown. No other automotive based manufacture in the U.S. can make that claim.
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Honda of North America has been manufacturing in the United States since 1989. The automaker has expanded its R&D, technical development and "lean" manufacturing principles to include everything from the Accord sitting in your driveway to the race-ready motorcycle or quad sitting in your ( sometimes) loud but friendly neighbor across the street.

From the most dependable, reliable mower and generator assembly in the industry, to ranch ready quads and off-road race ready dirtbikes, track bikes and street burners, many , designed and built in the U.S.. And then there’s Indycar, Nascar, Jr. Cart, G.T., G.P., Club racing, and Jet development, much of it designed in Torrance, Santa Clarita or Mountain View, Ca. Of-course if you live in Ohio, Alabama or California, you already know that, and, may have a friend or relative that works in Honda manufacturing, R&D, Technical or race development.

In 2012, Honda of North America’s direct manufacturing payroll exceeded $1.2 Billion, and added 2000 + new manufacturing jobs to the U.S. economy.

Truth is, if you own a Pilot, Odyssey or Acura MDX, it was most likely designed and built in the U.S. with a high percentage of parts manufactured and distributed in the U.S. On the “jober” side, Honda of North America purchases parts manufactured and distributed in the United States from well over 500 independent OEM manufacturers. The company unveiled its latest edition 2014 Honda Civic at the SEMA show earlier this week. The model is manufactured in Greensburg, Indiana.

That’s right, your quality, dependable rice burner ( motorcycle) or daily driver purchased in the U.S. was most likely manufactured and distributed in the United States of America.

Honda Motors was the first major Japanese owned and managed international manufacturer to implement “ close in” manufacturing principles. By manufacturing in the region of targeted sales and distribution, Honda cut costs, eliminated import tariffs and bolstered regional support for its product while creating jobs in the targeted market.

So, the next time you see a metric cruiser (Honda motorcycle) blowing down the left lane, or witness a NASCAR win with “ Honda” blazed across the hood, remember that the Motorcycle was most likely manufactured in Ohio and the “ NASCAR Development” engine? Built with pride in Santa Clarita Ca. “ Look up” the next time you hear a Jet fly over, It may a Honda, arguable an affordable ( relative) alternative to Cessna and Learjet, in the upper echelon of corporate transportation.


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Comments

That saying a lot about a company that hasn't downsized in the past five years.
Good to read a positive story about a company "In-sourcing" to America. If we are supposed to be outraged and upset by American companies that "send jobs overseas" it would follow that we should be happy when the manufacturing and high tech jobs come here.
In this weeks Honda News it was reveled that Honda intends to increase U.S. exports of the Accord and Civic line from 5% of production to upwards of 30%. Honda produced 1.2 million automobiles in North America in 2013.
I read a good report about Honda's environmental relations too. The Globe and Mail review of the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid reads that the car is a good way to "save the environment." Wondering how is the new Civic in that regard.
Good question Andres. The 2014 Civic depending on model claims an estimated combined driving mpg of 25 to 39. As to exhaust emissions, Honda's " green" standard prevails throughout all of its automotive and domestic motorcycle product lines.
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