Honda will start manufacturing its CR-V compact SUV at its Alliston plant in Ontario, Canada early next year.

Until now, most CR-Vs for North America have been built at the company’s East Liberty plant in Ohio [some previous generation units came from the UK and Japan – ed] but the company said it will produce its 2012 CR-V in Ontario for sale in Canada.

Honda Canada said that there will be no job cuts at Ohio as a result of the decision but declined to say why the company was moving production, adding only that it was long-standing practice to build product in the markets where they are sold.

Honda expects to sell more than 25,000 CR-Vs in Canada this year and is targeting sales of 30,000 of the new 2012 model next year

The Alliston plant, also produces the Honda Civic sedan, Canada’s most popular passenger car. It took on 400 employees in the summer to gear up for the production of the CR-V.

The European CR-V will be built at Honda’s plant in England from late 2012.