Production Of 11th Gen Honda Civic Has Begun In Canada

The question now is when will production of this all-new Honda Civic kick off in Malaysia?

The all-new Civic has already begun to rolling off the Honda of Canada Manufacturing (HCM) plant. A little over a week from its initial official debut, this 11th generation model of the Japanese automaker’s longest running automotive nameplate is set to arrive in North American dealerships this summer. 

Having been building Civic Sedans for 33 years already, the HCM plant currently holds the title for the longest Honda plant in the world to be producing this model. In fact, every Civic Sedan that has been sold in Canada comes out from this massive production facility located in Alliston, Ontario. 

And that actually works out to be quite a lot of Civics, considering that this Honda model has been Canada’s best-selling passenger car for 23 years straight. Though it would seem that the love for the Civic is not only limited to Canada, as it has also been one of the top three best-selling passenger cars in America for the past 48 years. 

In total, a staggering 14,2 million Civics have been bought by North Americans since it debut over there way back in 1973. Total Civic production in North America meanwhile currently stands at nearly 11 million units, spread across both the aforementioned HCM plant in Canada and Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (HMI) plant in the United States, which will incidentally be taking on the production of the upcoming Civic hatchback. 

Speaking more about the upcoming Civic, travel restrictions imposed from the global COVID-19 pandemic has prevented Honda R&D engineers from Japan and the production engineering team in the U.S. from coming to Canada. So HCM engineers took on a larger role this time in preparation of the 2022 Civic Sedan for mass production.

Among the production innovations to be featured within this latest and greatest iteration of Honda compact sedan includes the extensive application of structural adhesive and spray foam in order to create the most rigid and quietest Civic in history. Other production firsts for the Civic this time round are an aluminium bonnet for weight saving purposes and a laser brazed roof for a seamless exterior appearance. 

Aside from the car itself, HCM is also responsible for the production of the Civic’s naturally aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that outputs 153 hp and 187 Nm. It’s more powerful turbocharged 1.5-litre four-pot (180 hp/240 Nm) on the other hand will be will be manufactured at Honda’s Anna engine plant in Ohio.

PRESS RELEASE: Arriving at dealerships in North America this summer, Honda has officially commenced production of the all-new, 2022 Honda Civic Sedan at Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) in Alliston, Ontario.

The all-new 2022 Honda Civic boasts a clean, modern design paired with a high-tech, human-centered interior, and is equipped with advanced active and passive safety systems. Revealed on April 28, the 11th generation Civic continues the tradition of innovation, design leadership and class-leading driving dynamics, and will be built by skilled and  experienced production associates using a number of new state-of-the-art processes.

Continuing 35 Years of North American Manufacturing

Civic has been built in North America for 35 years with nearly 11 million units produced in the U.S. and Canada. HCM has been building the Honda Civic Sedan continuously for 33 years, longer than any other Honda plant in the world currently producing Civic. The 11th-generation will continue that legacy with production of the Civic Sedan in Alliston, Ontario, and for the first time, the Civic Hatchback will be manufactured in the U.S., at the company’s Greensburg, Indiana plant. All Civic production in North America will use domestic and globally-sourced parts.

As Honda’s longest-running automotive nameplate, North Americans have purchased more than 14.2 million Civics since 1973. Every Honda Civic Sedan sold in Canada is manufactured at HCM, Civic is the best-selling passenger car in Canada for 23 straight years and one of the top three best-selling passenger cars in America over the past 48 years. With sales of more than 1.65 million units over the last five years, Civic has been the No. 1 model in the U.S. – car or light truck – with first-time buyers, Millennials, Gen Z and multicultural customers, since the launch of the 10th-gen model in 2015.

The all-new Civic marks a renewed focus on core Honda design values, with a more simple and clean interior design, a direction that also will shape the design of future Honda models. This human-centered approach draws upon Honda’s classic “Man Maximum/Machine Minimum” philosophy that maximizes cabin space for people, while minimizing space required for mechanical components.

“What we have accomplished with the Honda Civic, is taking it to a higher level of sophistication,” says Clement D’Souza, Senior Vice President of HCM. “We’ve created this clean and modern look by using new and first-time Civic technologies, which resulted in the most technologically advanced Civic ever, with a refined and innovative design.”

Manufacturing the 2022 Honda Civic Sedan

HCM engineers leveraged their more than three decades of experience with Civic production to take on a number of new challenges to build the tech-savvy 2022 Civic, including new production technologies and the responsibility to support other Honda plants around the world that will build the 11th generation Civic.

Faced with travel restrictions due to the global COVID-19 pandemic that prevented Honda R&D engineers from Japan and the production engineering team in the U.S. from coming to Canada, HCM engineers took on a larger role in preparing the 2022 Civic Sedan for mass production.

  • Using extensive application of structural adhesive, the team created the most rigid body ever for Civic, advancing it’s fun-to-drive spirit, while reducing weight to help improve fuel efficiency.
  • Civic features a laser brazed roof for the first time, employing Honda’s latest technology for this process that joins the roof to the body side panels for a seamless exterior appearance and an even stronger vehicle body.
  • For the first time, HCM is applying spray foam to hollow portions of the Civic Sedan body structure to reduce noise transmission, helping create the quietest Civic in history.
  • Extensive use of aluminum, including an aluminum hood for the first time in the Civic Sedan, helps enhance fuel efficiency.
  • A new soft and seamless instrument panel surface required an entirely new production process, helping create a simple, clean design to eliminate visual clutter that might reflect in the windshield and enhance the ease of driving.
  • Installation of a new honeycomb mesh panel that stretches across the front of the instrument panel hides air vents while providing an elegant and simple appearance.
  • HCM is building the 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder engine which produces 158HP @6,500 rpm (SAE net) and 138 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,200 rpm (SAE net).
  • Honda’s Anna Engine Plant in Ohio builds the 1.5-litre turbo 4-cylinder with 180HP @6,000 rpm (SAE net) and 177 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,700 to 4,500 rpm (SAE net)

Joshua Chin

Automotive journalist. Professional work on and Personal writing found at Instagram: @driveeveryday

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