Honda North American production decreased 1.7% in 2018 due to Celaya plant flooding
Honda finished 2018 with production of 1,820,779 automobiles in North America, which included a 2.7% increase in U.S. production of 1,240,487 Honda and Acura cars and light trucks.
As a result, the company’s 2018 U.S. auto sales were 91.9% North America-made, with U.S.-made vehicles representing nearly two-thirds (64.6%) of U.S. sales.
Total North American auto production fell 1.7% as the Celaya, Mexico plant lost four months of production while recovering from flooding that struck on June 28.
The flood reached 1 meter high left a US $ 365 million loss, including 2,780 vehicles and dozens of robotic arms that were damaged.
Currently the plant produces, with two shifts, a total of 720 units per day, of which about 540 are HR-V crossovers and the rest are Honda Fit hatchbacks.
Production at Honda’s two auto plants in Canada rose 0.6% to 432,771 vehicles for the year.