Why is Honda the Most American-Made Automaker?

Honda is now the Most American-Made Automaker according to Cars.com’s American-Made IndexⓇ because they had more models make this list than any other automaker. This award is no surprise given Honda’s commitment to American manufacturing. They continue to open U.S based plants to create more Honda models.

2020 Honda Production Totals


Honda Embraces U.S.-Based Production

Honda has always pushed itself to support the U.S. economy. In 1985 and 1989 respectively, Honda became the first Japanese automaker to build engines and transmissions in America. They also became the first to export U.S.-built cars to overseas markets in 1987 and have exported a staggering 1.3 million automobiles from America since that time.

Today, they have 12 manufacturing plants spread across the U.S. working to create Acura and Honda vehicles, plus transmissions, engines, and other components. They even make aircraft and aircraft engines, power equipment, and powersports products.


Honda’s Ohio facilities are found in Marysville, Anna, and East Liberty. They’re responsible for producing the Honda Accord, Accord Hybrid, CR-V, and various Acura models, plus a wide range of engine types.


Honda’s 10-speed automatic transmission is exclusively produced by Honda Precision Parts of Georgia.


The ultra-efficient Honda Insight Hybrid comes from Indiana, where Honda is further increasing investment in the U.S. production of electrified vehicles.


The all-new Honda Passport just became the 8th Honda light truck to be developed and built here in the U.S. when it became part of the Alabama production roster.


The Honda Aircraft Company’s worldwide headquarters is located in Greensboro while aircraft engines are built by Honda Aero in Burlington.

Honda United States Plant Locations

Made in the U.S.A.

Honda opened its first American plant in Marysville, Ohio back in 1979. Today, 12 other manufacturing plants across the United States have helped build 28.1 million cars and light trucks in the U.S. since 1982.



Honda Invests in America

The first Honda U.S. business operation was a simple storefront in Los Angeles. That was back in 1959, and they’ve continued investing in the U.S. for over six decades to foster a longstanding commitment to building cars closer to the consumer.

New investments in U.S. operations have reached $4.3 billion in the last five years, and further standout points include:

  • Employing more than 30,000 associates in the U.S., 75% of them working in manufacturing.
  • Having 75 U.S. facilities, including R7D facilities, parts centers, manufacturing plants, marketing, sales, service, and finance operations.
  • $1.2 billion investment in American R&D operations.

In fact, Honda has the longest U.S. manufacturing presence of any international automaker.

Honda U.S. Investments

Honda parts and materials

Honda U.S. Top Investments States

Honda Never Stops Investing in American Communities

Honda doesn’t just invest directly in the U.S. economy. They’re always looking for ways to invest in communities all across America. The American Honda Foundation has existed since 1984 to award grants to community organizations that have served over 118 million Americans.


[1] Honda has built 28.1 Million cars and light trucks in the U.S. since 1982,  https://hondainamerica.com. [2] Assessment based on 2021 model-year vehicles ranked in Cars.com American-Made Index. [3] Visit https://hondainamerica.com for more information.
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