Honda to Focus on Increasing Hybrid Volume with Core Models: CR-V, Accord and in the Future, Civic

April 14, 2022 — Markham, ON.

  • Honda will introduce all-new CR-V this year, followed by Accord Hybrid
  • Civic Hybrid will be added to the Honda lineup in the future
  • Hybrid-electric vehicles are a critical pathway in Honda’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through electrification

As the next step in Honda’s electrification strategy in North America, the company will focus on increasing hybrid volume of core models – CR-V, Accord and, in the future, Civic.

Honda will introduce an all-new CR-V Hybrid this year with an all-new Accord Hybrid to follow, these hybrid offerings will eventually represent more than 50 percent of the sales mix of each model. Hybrid powerplants will be included in the top and best performing models in the Honda lineup.

‘Increasing our hybrid-electric vehicle output is critical to reducing Honda’s greenhouse gas emissions and achieving our goals of 100% zero-emission vehicle sales in North America by 2040 and carbon neutrality for our global operations by 2050,” said Jean Marc Leclerc, President and CEO Honda Canada. “Our recent investment of $1.38 billion to upgrade our Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) facilities in preparation for our electrified future is another step to realizing these goals as HCM will be the North American lead plant for building the all-new, 2023 CR-V Hybrid.”

Honda sales of electrified vehicles in Canada are expected to increase with more of our core and popular models available with hybrid power, including the all-new CR-V, Accord and Civic.

More information about the future Civic Hybrid, including timing and manufacturing details, will be available closer to the model’s launch.

Honda Electrified Future

In April 2021, Honda global CEO Toshihiro Mibe outlined the company’s vision for global sales of electrified vehicles as part of Honda’s strategy to achieve carbon-neutrality for its products and corporate activities by 2050. This vision calls for 40 percent of North American sales to be battery-electric and fuel cell electric vehicles by 2030, increasing to 80 percent by 2035, and to 100 percent by 2040. More details about that announcement are available here. Honda has also recently announced additional electrification advancements towards achieving this zero-emissions future.

Honda will introduce the Prologue SUV in 2024, its first new volume battery-electric vehicle (BEV). Co-developed with GM and based on the Ultium platform. Honda then will introduce a series of electrified vehicles starting in 2026 based on its own Honda e:Architecture, with production of BEVs at Honda plants in North America. Honda will deploy 30 EV models by 2030, with more than 2/3 of those launched in China and North America.

Reveal of All-New Honda HR-V Coming April 4

March 23, 2022 — Markham, ON.

Honda continues to ramp up for its “Year of the Honda SUV.” The all new sporty and versatile 2023 HR-V will be revealed April 4. #HondaHRV

About Honda Canada
Honda Canada Inc. was founded in 1969 and is the parent company for both Honda and Acura vehicle brands in Canada. Since 1986, the company has produced Honda engines and almost 10 million cars and light trucks at its Alliston, Ontario manufacturing facilities, where the Honda Civic and Honda CR-V are currently built. Honda Canada has invested over $6.5 billion in Canada, and each year sources over $3 billion in goods and services from Canadian suppliers. Since its inception, Honda Canada has sold over five million Honda and Acura passenger cars and light trucks in Canada

Nine 2022 Acura & Honda Models Earn IIHS Top Safety Ratings

February 24, 2022 — TORRANCE, Calif.

  • 2022 Acura MDX, RDX and TLX all earn the pinnacle TSP+ award
  • 2022 Accord, Insight, Odyssey and two Civic models also earn TSP+ award; CR-V earns TSP when equipped with specific headlights
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ gets SUPERIOR rating for frontal crash prevention and is standard equipment on all nine models as part of AcuraWatch™ and Honda Sensing®
  • All fully tested Acura and Honda vehicles also earn top U.S. government crash-test ratings

Three Acura models and six Honda models have earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK (TSP) rating or better for 2022, with eight achieving the pinnacle TOP SAFETY PICK+ (TSP+) rating, including both the all-new 2022 Civic Sedan and Hatchback. Contributing to the top ratings, each of the nine models achieve the highest possible rating of “GOOD” in all six IIHS crashworthiness tests. In addition, all feature AcuraWatch™ or Honda Sensing® driver-assistive and safety technology as standard equipment, earning “SUPERIOR” ratings for vehicle-to-vehicle frontal crash prevention.

AcuraWatch™ and Honda Sensing® are now available or standard on every Acura and Honda automobile model, and there are well over five million Acura and Honda vehicles on U.S. roads today featuring these comprehensive suites of safety and driver-assistive technologies, which now include Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Pedestrian Detection; Forward Collision Warning; Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) incorporating Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS); and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

All Acura and Honda vehicles benefit from Honda’s proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, designed to protect occupants in a wide variety of frontal collisions, along with advanced supplemental restraint systems, such as pretensioning front seatbelts, and front, side, knee and side-curtain airbags.

To earn the 2022 TSP award, a vehicle must earn “GOOD” crashworthiness ratings in all test modes, including in the challenging passenger-side small overlap test. A top-rated vehicle must also offer front crash prevention that earns an “ADVANCED” or “SUPERIOR” rating in both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian testing, as well as “GOOD” or “ACCEPTABLE” ratings for available headlights though TSP+ rated vehicles must achieve the same “GOOD” or “ACCEPTABLE” rating for their standard headlights. Separately, every Acura and Honda model that has been fully evaluated in the NHTSA’s 2022 model year NCAP testing has received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score.

Acura 2022 IIHS Award Winners:
2022 Acura MDX (TSP+)
2022 Acura RDX (TSP+)
2022 Acura TLX (TSP+)

Honda 2022 IIHS Award Winners:
2022 Honda Accord (TSP+)
2022 Honda Civic Hatchback (TSP+)
2022 Honda Civic Sedan (TSP+)
2022 Honda Insight (TSP+)
2022 Honda Odyssey (TSP+)
2022 Honda CR-V (TSP), when equipped with specific headlights

Development of the All-New Civic Type R Continues at Suzuka Circuit

December 13, 2021 — Markham, ON.

Development of the best performing Honda Civic Type R ever continues at the world famous Suzuka Circuit in Japan. The all-new Type R will be introduced in 2022.  #HondaCivic #TypeR

About Honda Canada
Honda Canada Inc. was founded in 1969 and is the parent company for both Honda and Acura vehicle brands in Canada. Since 1986, the company has produced Honda engines and more than nine million cars and light trucks at its Alliston, Ontario manufacturing facilities, where the Honda CR-V and Honda Civic are currently built. Honda Canada has invested more than $4.7 billion in Canada, and each year it sources nearly $2.1 billion in goods and services from Canadian suppliers. Honda Canada has sold more than five million Honda and Acura passenger cars and light trucks in Canada.

Honda teases new electric SUV, Canadian plans, as it seeks carbon neutrality

As part of the automaker’s bid for for carbon neutrality, Honda has announced plans to release the Prologue, a full battery-electric midsize SUV launching in early 2024. The company said it also plans to release more high-trim electric hybrid versions of core models in Canada as and when current models are redesigned, with no plans for plug-in hybrid variants.

Honda global CEO Toshihiro Mibe announced in late April plans for the company to achieve carbon neutrality for its products and operations by 2050. Along the way, it intends for North American auto sales to be 40 per cent electric (both battery and hydrogen fuel cell) by 2030, 80 per cent by 2035, and 100 per cent by 2040.

Honda has been selling gas-electric hybrid cars almost as long as Toyota. It built several hundred copies of the experimental EV Plus in the late 1990s, and soon after became the first automaker to put a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle in the hands of consumers. It has also long achieved the highest fleet fuel economy of any full-line automaker in North America.

But even as the climate crisis has loomed ever larger, Honda has been outpaced in recent years by many other automakers in both its recent sales of electrified vehicles and its announced goals for more of them in future. In addition, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are slowly losing the fight against the much more popular battery electric vehicle (BEV), which is what most consumers nowadays understand to be an electric car.

While noting that a good experience with hybrids makes consumers more comfortable transitioning to full BEVs, Honda Canada president and CEO Jean Marc Leclerc said there are no immediate plans to bring to Canada the hybrid version of its top-selling nameplate, the CR-V, even though it already exists south of the border. Canada’s CR-V Hybrid will await the launch of the next generation CR-V, due late next year as a 2023 model.

The next nameplates due for a full model change are expected to be the HR-V subcompact and Pilot midsize crossovers, which both underwent their last full model changes in the 2016 model year. The Accord midsize sedan (which does currently include a hybrid version) and Odyssey minivan were last redesigned for the 2018 model year, which, based on Honda’s usual six-year life cycle, would make them due for complete redesigns in 2024.

Questions still remain for the Honda Civic, which has just been redesigned for 2022 with only gas engines. Also still be seen is at what point existing models will transition directly to electric, bypassing the intermediate stage of gas-engine-with-hybrid option completely.

Like the current Honda Pilot, the 2024 Prologue (and an Acura sister vehicle due later in calendar 2024) is likely to be a midsize SUV. It will be based on Honda’s joint venture with GM that also spawned the upcoming Cadillac Lyriq, and will use the same GM-developed Ultium batteries.

The Prologue, Honda says, will be “highly competitive, with the functionality expected by Honda customers.” More details are promised over the coming months.

Meanwhile, Honda is developing its own e:Architecture that will be the foundation of additional EVs coming to Canada in the second half of this decade. At the same time, Honda hopes to transition to its own solid-state batteries that are expected to significantly lower the current cost and range barriers to EV adoption.

Despite all this, the Prologue won’t be Honda’s first series-production EV of the modern era. The Honda e, a tiny city car, went on sale in Japan and other markets last year, and Honda will debut a BEV in China next year.

Chances appear slim that those vehicles will ever make it to Canada. “The e has been designed for another part of the world,” said Leclerc. “You never say ‘never,’ but people are not prepared to compromise on what they need for their vehicles, which is trucks. We won’t eliminate passenger cars, which are strongly implanted in the Honda DNA (but) we need to give people what they want in an electrified version.”