Honda might be a Japanese carmaker, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have very, very deep roots in America. With the Fourth of July still fresh in our rearview mirror, let’s delve into the American history of Honda, seeing how the brand become established in this North American market.
Honda first came to America in 1970, introducing the N600 as its first-ever American-sold vehicle. In 1979, this Japanese carmaker made history by opening its first motorcycle plant on U.S. soil, hiring 55 Americans and 11 Japanese workers to begin this endeavor. The plant eventually expanded into a car plant in 1982.
Located in Marysville, Ohio, this Honda manufacturing plant was just the beginning. Since it was created, the plant has seen Marysville increase its population from 7,000 people in 1980 to more than 24,000 people in 2019. Honda has over 15,000 employees and more than 134 suppliers across Ohio. It was also the first Japanese carmaker to build engines and transmissions in the U.S., along with being the first to export U.S.-built cars to overseas markets.
Now, Honda has 12 manufacturing plants across the United States. It opened a new, state-of-the-art facility in Marysville in 2016 to help build the only supercar produced in America, and has exported 1.3 million automobiles from the United States since 1987. What this means in practical terms: the chances are good that the stylish new vehicle you’re considering at Avery Greene Honda was made right here in the U.S.A.