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Japan

Major Japan Manufacturing Facilities

Facility Saitama Factory

The Sayama Plant is Honda’s primary auto plant and is located in suburban Tokyo. The plant has two production lines that carry out a complete range of functions — from body production to final assembly — in a limited space. The assembly line is surrounded by production equipment in an efficient flow of production processes. The Sayama plant also produces automobile engines. Synchronous production of bodies and engines achieves higher manufacturing efficiency.

Suzuka Factory

The Suzuka Factory actually consists of four different facilities: an auto plant, an auto engine plant, an overseas operation plant, and a foundry. Every element of auto production is conducted in the factory, with a uniform, integrated production system enabling the simultaneous mass production of a large number of models without sacrificing quality. Also, the production of small-volume automobile models (including S2000) was moved from the Takanezawa Plant to Suzuka in 2004. By combining existing equipment with the exclusive equipment transferred from Takanezawa Plant, the new line in Suzuka achieves small-volume, yet low-cost production characteristics. In 2008, Suzuka added a second engine line to expand production of IMA hybrid system motors from 70,000 to 250,000 units annually. To meet global demand, production of the Insight hybrid vehicle was added to Suzuka’s No. 3 line in June 2009, in addition to production on the No. 1 line.

Hamamatsu Factory Hamamatsu Plant

Hosoe Plant

Hamamatsu is the “birthplace” of Honda — the Honda Technical Research Institute was founded there in 1948. Hamamatsu Plant was re-focused on the production of automatic transmissions, after ending motorcycle production in 2008, which was consolidated at the new motorcycle plant at the Kumamoto Factory. The Hamamatsu Plant is Honda’s lead plant globally for production of automatic transmissions. The Hosoe Plant produces a variety of outboard engines ranging from small 2HP engines to V-6 225HP engines. The Hosoe Plant is also the benchmark for environment-friendliness for Honda’s next-generation manufacturing plant.

Models Produced

Accord, Accord Wagon, Legend, Odyssey, CR-V, Step WGN , Inspire, Elysion, Freed, Stream, Fit (U.S.), and automobile engines

Civic, Insight, Partner, Life, Mobilio, Airwave, Crossroad, automobile engines and IMA (hybrid system) motors

Automatic transmissions for automobiles

Outboard engines

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Began Production

Plant Size

Annual Capacity

Employment

May 1964

452,000 sq. meters

530,000 automobiles

5,571

April 1960

573,000 sq. meters

530,000 automobiles

6,900

April 1954

236,000 sq. meters

Sept. 2001

231,000 sq. meters

transmissions

2,900

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