Honda Canada is celebrating 50 years in the Canadian market, as of 2019.
Honda began as a Canadian company in 1969 with its motorcycle and power tool lineup, though some dealers had been importing and selling its products here since the early 1960s. It sells lots of other stuff here now (cars, ATVs, marine outboards) and even has manufactured cars in our country for many years, hitting the eight-million-manufactured mark here in 2017. Alas, we never got Canadian motorcycle production (although they did build motorcycles in the US for decades).
How profitable has Honda’s venture into Canada been? By 2014, Honda had sold four million vehicles in Canada, and Honda now employs 19,000 people in our country across all its manufacturing plants, offices and dealerships. So congratulations, Big Red, and we’d echo the words of Dave Gardner (President/CEO, Honda Canada) right back at you: “We look forward to growing with you for the next 50 years.”