The Honda Fit is a subcompact hatchback.
It has the usual small-car qualities: remarkable fuel efficiency, attractive pricing and great utility.
Where does Honda build the Fit? Let’s find out!
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Where Are Honda Fits Being Made?
Honda builds the Fit at its plants in Japan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Brazil and Mexico. Production locations include Suzuka and Saitama (Japan) and Guangzhou in China.
The company makes the car at plants in Pingtung, Taiwan; Ayutthaya, Thailand; Karawang, Indonesia; Alor Gajah, Malaysia; Greater Noida, India; Sumare, Brazil; and Celaya, Mexico.
Are Fits for the U.S. Market Produced in the U.S.?
Honda produces Fits sold on the US market in North America at a factory in Celaya, Mexico.
However, Honda stopped making any Fits for the American market in 2020.
According to the company, U.S. demand for the Fit was insufficient to justify continued production.
Are They Being Assembled in the U.S.?
Before discontinuing the model in the U.S., Honda assembled Fits for the US market at Celaya, Mexico. This makes the US Fit one of the few models assembled abroad.
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How Can You Check Where a Specific Fit Was Produced?
Checking a particular Fit’s production location is as easy as looking at the VIN on its metal dashboard.
Called the Vehicle Identification Number, your car’s VIN is a 17-character code that shows its production location, among other things.
Usually, the first symbol in the VIN code will show where it was built. Depending on the production location, a car may have a letter or number as the first symbol in the VIN.
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Cars made in North America usually have a number as the first character in their VIN code. Meanwhile, Cars made elsewhere, especially in Asia, have letters as the first character in their VIN.
For instance, Honda Fits made in Japan usually have ‘J’ as the start of their VIN code. Conversely, a Honda Fit from Mexico will start off its VIN with ‘3’.
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Are Japanese or European Built Fit Better?
Honda did produce the European-market Fit at Swindon England once, but stopped in 2014.
Based on our research, the quality of those European-made Fits was largely the same with their Japanese counterparts.
Where Is the Fit Designed?
Although it’s unclear where the Fit is designed, we know Mitsuhiro Honda oversaw the original design in 1999.
Honda has design studios around the world, including Torrance, California, and Saitama, Japan.
Where Are Fits Made for the Australia Market?
Honda Fits for the Australia market are made at Honda’s Ayutthaya, Thailand plant.
The Fit is among a long list of cars that Honda imports from Thailand into Australia.
Where Are Fits Made for the Canada Market?
Honda used to make the Fit for its Canadian consumers at the factory in Celaya, Mexico.
However, the company pulled the Fit from the Canada market in 2020, citing low demand.
Where Are Fits Made for the U.K Market?
Honda Fits sold on the UK market are produced in Japan. But this wasn’t always the case.
Honda used to make Fits for the UK (and Europe by extension) at its factory in Swindon, England.
However, it stopped doing that in 2009, and chose to import the vehicle into the UK from Japan.
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Is Honda Planning to Move Its Production?
According to reports, Honda may stop production of the Honda Fit at its plant in Celaya, Mexico.
This is due to falling demand for the hatchback in major US and Canadian markets, which has forced Honda to discontinue the model there.
Is Honda Hiring or Firing in the U.S.?
Honda made some temporary layoffs in 2020 due to the halted production because of a sharp drop in sales and other natural causes.
However, it hasn’t made wide-ranging retrenchment this year.
Per job listings on Indeed and Glassdoor, Honda is hiring at certain factories in the US.
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Is Honda an American Company?
Honda is a Japanese company with its world headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.
However, it does have a subsidiary company in the US — American Honda Co.
Honda is also the first Japanese automaker to establish a manufacturing plant in the US.