Honda has commemorated the global start of mass production of the 2016 Honda Civic Sedan at its plant in Alliston, Canada. Slated to go on sale at dealerships across the U.S. and Canada in November, the 10th-generation Honda Civic Sedan is said to be the most ambitious remake of Civic in the model’s 43-year history.
As the global lead plant for this 10th-generation Civic, the company will not only be the first plant in the world to launch the new Civic into mass production, but is also responsible for developing the manufacturing processes and technologies that will form the manufacturing base for Civic production at all 11 Honda plants globally that will build the new Civic model.
Backing up the new Civic’s dramatic and sporty design with new power and efficiency, for the first time, the 2016 Civic will feature two all-new engines – including the first-ever application of Honda turbo engine technology in the U.S.
The Civic Sedan LX and EX trims will be powered by a 2.0-litre, 16-valve, DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine, mated to either a 6-speed manual (LX trim) or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Civic Sedans in EX-T, EX-L trims and Touring trims on the other hand, will be powered by a 1.5-litre, direct-injected and turbocharged 16-valve DOHC inline-4, mated to a CVT. The automaker says these engines, combined with a new body and chassis design is capable of delivering incredibly responsive and sporty performance with a higher level of ride refinement and class-leading fuel efficiency.
Honda became the first Japanese automaker to manufacture cars in the U.S. in 1982 with the opening of its Marysville, Ohio auto plant, and began production in Alliston, Ontario in 1986. The company has made a significant investment of $857 million over three years to innovate its production facilities in Alliston. Civic also will be built at a Honda plant in Greensburg Indiana, with the new turbo engine built exclusively at the Honda engine plant in Anna, Ohio.