• Innovative company that produces quality products
  • Strong commitment to the environment and sense of corporate responsibility


  • Average pay in the manufacturing industry
  • Can be difficult to advance

The Bottom Line

  • Honda is a force to be reckoned with in 21st-century manufacturing. It builds innovative products, defining what the industry can be and will become in the future.


Its cars might not be as American as apple pie, but Honda North America keeps the US appetite for Hondas sated. The subsidiary of Honda Motor coordinates the operations in North America that manufacture, market, and distribute Accord, Civic, and Acura cars, as well as Gold Wing, Shadow, and Valkyrie motorcycles. Of the 15 models made, Honda North America's best-selling cars include the Odyssey minivan and the CR-V SUV. Honda North America also markets hybrid versions of several of its sedans. New launches have included the Crosstour and Acura ZDX. Honda also makes jet and marine engines and power equipment. North America is Honda Motor's largest market, representing 45% of the carmaker's sales.


Approximately 1 million Hondas and Acuras are produced annually in North America. (Honda's vehicle total is more than any other Asian automaker except rival Toyota Motor Corp.) More than 80% of vehicles sold in the US are manufactured in one of seven North American plants -- four in the US, two in Canada, and one in Mexico. 

Financial Performance

North America accounted for 44% Honda Motor's total sales in 2011. US sales of light vehicles increased by 22% to 1.17 million in 2012. Honda's total capital investment for the US reached $12.3 billion in 2011.


Honda North America's parent company announced in 2012 is spending $200 million on engine and transmission factories in Ohio. The expansion of Honda's engine plant in Anna and a transmission factory in Russells Point is part of Honda's plan to spend $1.2 billion on US plants.

In 2012 the company looked to expand in Mexico by announcing a new auto plant in Celaya. The new plant will produce the Honda Fit subcompact model and will begin operation in 2014.

Company Background

American Honda Motor started in 1959 as a small motorcycle store in Los Angeles. Honda North America was established in 1987.

- Show Less + Show Full Description

Company News and Press Releases

- Show Less + Show More News and Press Releases


700 Van Ness Ave
Torrance, CA 90501-1486
Phone: 1 (310) 781-4961
Fax: 1 (310) 781-4970


  • Employer Type: Subsidiary
  • Executive Vice President; Chief Director of North America Region; President of Subsidiaries; Representative Director: Tetsuo Iwamura
  • EVP Automobile Sales, Honda and Acura: John W. Mendel
  • EVP: Hiroshi Soda

Major Office Locations

  • Torrance, CA

Career Update Newsletter

Tips and tools to help you manage your ideal career.