Majority of Acura’s Canadian vehicle sales have been built in North America
February 17, 2017 By Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Feb. 17, 2017 – In celebration of its 30th anniversary in Canada, the Acura brand announced that since its inception in 1987, more than 50 per cent of the brand’s cumulative Canadian sales have been built in North America.
Acura was the first luxury marque from a Japanese automaker to manufacture and sell vehicles in Canada.
Honda of Canada Mfg. in Alliston, Ont., has built more than 800,000 Acura vehicles, including the first generation MDX and ZDX models, as well as the Canadian-exclusive EL and CSX sedans. Acura currently produces the ILX and TLX sedans and the RDX five-passenger SUV in Ohio, and the MDX seven-passenger luxury SUV in Alabama.
“Acura was born in Canada 30 years ago and its North American roots run deep with many significant vehicles developed and built in this region,” said Dave Gardner, senior vice president of operations, Acura, a division of Honda Canada. “Our manufacturing and sales teams are proud to have played such a large role in the history of the Acura brand and our associates are now more focused than ever on delivering precision crafted performance to our Acura customers in Canada.”
Acura has grown from a small dealer network selling just two models in 1987 (Legend and Integra), to the current network of 51 retailers selling six distinctive Acura vehicles. The line up now includes two utility vehicles (MDX and RDX), three sedans (RLX, TLX and ILX) and one luxury supercar (NSX). To date, more than 500,000 Acura luxury cars and SUVs have been sold in Canada.
Early Acura vehicles were produced at the East Liberty, Ohio auto plant, beginning February 1996 (1997 Acura CL Coupe). Since then, Acura has built more than 2.8 million cars and SUVs in North America.
Since developing the 1997 Acura CL Coupe, a number of Acura models have been designed and developed with leadership from the company’s North American R&D operations, including the current Acura TLX, all three generations of the Acura MDX and the 2017 Acura NSX.
The 2017 Acura NSX is produced at the dedicated Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, with a unique blend of human craftsmanship and advanced technology. The manufacturing facility boasts groundbreaking techniques in weld, body construction, body painting, final assembly and quality confirmation to ensure the highest levels of precision and craftsmanship. Further, the NSX’s 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V-6 engine is hand assembled by master builders at the nearby Anna, Ohio engine plant.