After 40 years of manufacturing automobiles in the US, Honda has reached the 30m vehicle production milestone at factories in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana and Ohio.

After beginning with motorcycles, Honda began car production with the second generation Accord at the Marysville plant in Ohio on 1 November, 1982, becoming the first Japanese automaker to produce cars in the US.

It has since invested US$16bn in US factories supporting auto production and, in 2022, over two thirds of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in America were made in the US.

Twelve cars and light trucks are currently produced at the company’s five auto plants in Alabama, Indiana and Ohio. The engines, transmissions and two motor hybrid systems that power these vehicles are produced in Ohio, Alabama and Georgia. Honda employs 17,000 workers at the eight factories which contribute to the annual production capacity of 1.3m vehicles.

Honda recently announced two major investments to establish an EV hub in Ohio, including $700m to retool several of its existing auto and powertrain plants for production of electric vehicles and a $3.5bn joint investment with LG Energy Solution (LGES) to establish a joint venture battery factory in Ohio.

Honda also recently announced plans to produce fuel cell electric vehicles at the company’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio.