Offered in fuel-cell and plug-in hybrid variants, the Honda Clarity has been dubbed “the car of the future” for its innovative technologies.
This alternative-fuel model offers luxury just like a regular model, in addition to its fuel efficiency.
Where is the Honda Clarity made? Let’s find out!
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Where Are Honda Claritys Being Made?
Since releasing the model in 2008, Honda has built the Clarity in Japan. Production of the first-generation Clarity (2008-2014) took place at Takanezawa, Japan. For the Clarity’s second generation (2016-date), Honda moved production to Sayama, Japan.
Are Clarity for the U.S. Market Produced in the U.S.?
Honda makes Clarity models for the US market at the factory in Sayama, Japan. This is likely because of the low demand for the Clarity in the United States.
Presently, the Clarity fuel-cell vehicle is available only in California, where there are hydrogen refueling stations.
Are They Being Assembled in the U.S.?
Honda doesn’t produce or assemble the Clarity anywhere in the United States.
Rather, it assembles the vehicle at its plant in Sayama, Japan, before importing them into the US.
How Can You Check Where a Specific Clarity Was Produced?
Honda has only manufactured the Clarity models in one country since releasing it in 2008: Japan.
In the Clarity’s first iteration that ran from 2008 to 2013, Honda built the model at the Takanezawa plant in Japan.
It stopped production for a while and began again, this time at the Sayama plant in Japan.
However, if you want to be doubly sure, you can check the car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
Located on the dashboard, the VIN is a code that identifies various things about your car, including its place of assembly.
Vehicles made in most parts of the world start their VIN with a letter.
Only vehicles made in the Americas have a number as their first VIN character. For instance, vehicles made in Japan begin their VINs with ‘J’.
Please also read our article about how long the Honda Clarity lasts.
Are Japanese or European Built Clarity Better?
Honda makes the Clarity models at a plant in Japan; it has no production location for the Clarity in Europe. Based on this, the initial question does not apply here.
Where Is the Clarity Designed?
Since Honda makes the Clarity in Japan, we can assume it designs the models in Japan as well.
Honda has a slew of design studios in Japan dedicated to designing vehicles. Among these are the R&D centers in Asaka and Wako in Japan.
Where Are Claritys Made for the Australia Market?
Honda doesn’t sell the Clarity fuel-cell and hybrid variants in the Australia market.
According to the company, hybrid and electric vehicle sales in Australia are low because of lack of government incentives for alternative-fuel vehicles.
Where Are Clarity Made for the Canada Market?
Honda Clarity models sold in the Canadian market are made in Sayama, Japan.
The company introduced the model to Canadian consumers in 2017 and hasn’t made enough sales to justify local production.
Make sure to also read our article about driving the Honda Clarity in snow and winter.
Where Are Claritys Made for the UK Market?
At the moment, the Honda Clarity is not available for purchase on the UK market.
However, Honda loaned out some models to a few customers to gather data for future development. Based on our research, the loaned models come from Honda’s plant in Sayama, Japan.
Also read our article about driving the Honda Insight in snow and winter.
Is Honda Planning to Move Its Production?
There are no signs Honda plans to move production of the Clarity from its Sayama, Japan plant.
We also don’t think it will extend production to another country, given that sales are still low.
Note: Honda stopped production of the Clarity all-electric vehicle at its Sayama plant in 2020.
Is Honda Hiring or Firing in the U.S.?
Honda has fired employees this year, although it laid off some temporarily because of a slowing demand for its vehicles.
The downturn in demand meant Honda had to cut or stall production in some areas, necessitating temporary layoffs.
However, the Japanese automaker seems to be hiring across some of its factories in the United States.
You may also like to read our article 11 Honda Clarity Statistics You Should Know
Is Honda an American Company?
From inception, Honda has been a Japanese company.
However, some mistake it for an American company due its strong roots in the country.
For instance, Honda was the first foreign carmaker to build cars here in the US.
Its US subsidiary, American Honda Co., handles production of most Honda models sold in the US market.
This explains why Honda’s vehicles are some of the most ‘American-made’ vehicles on the market.