ALLISTON, Ont.—The assembly lines at Plant 1 of Honda of Canada Mfg. came to a rare halt Oct. 20 as the first 2016 Honda Civic rolled off the line amid a crowd of cheering workers and a whole host of visitors from around the world.
The 10th generation Civic, which the company called the “most ambitious” remake in the 43-year history of the model, will go on sale globally later this year, and marks a distinct milestone for Honda Canada Inc. and the Alliston, Ont. plant.
“For the first time in Honda’s history, the lead plant for a new global model was located outside Japan,” Dan Smith, president of Honda of Canada Mfg., said at the launch. “The civic is Honda’s highest-volume global car and it’s built in eight countries. Honda Motor put their trust in the North American regional team to lead this development and manufacturing challenge. I know Honda’s commitment was a good call.”