With NAFTA talks between Canada and U.S heating up, and the persistent threat of tariffs being imposed, we’ve decided to create our Cars Made in Canada 2018 list. Why don’t we have a section dedicated to Canadian car companies? Quite simply there aren’t any car brands in Canada that do a majority of their manufacturing in Canada. The average Canadian will own a vehicle, or several, so we’ll give you our list which will continue to help Canada the most.
Since I was growing up attitudes towards automobile loyalty have shifted dramatically. I can remember a time when it was almost a requirement to be driving a GM (growing up a short drive from their factory in Oshawa, Ont probably played a role), although a Ford, or Chrysler (Dodge) were also acceptable. Anyone caught diverting from the Big Three were considered traitors and their loyalty towards Canada was certainly under scrutiny. Oh how times have changed…and I feel like we still need a massive change towards how, we as Canadians, feel towards certain brands and what can be considered Canadian cars.
Toyota – Top Car Made in Canada 2018
Cars Produced: Toyota RAV4 (Woodstock, Ont), Toyota Corolla (Cambridge, Ont), and Lexus RX (Cambridge, Ont).
Toyota brings a compelling argument to be considered the leading made in Canada car maker for 2018. In 2017 Toyota produced 571,535 Canadian cars, employing around 8,000 Canadians. These numbers mean that Toyota produces the largest number of cars in Canada compared to all other manufacturers. More than 40% of Toyota’s sold last year were actually produced in Canada, either from their factory in Cambridge, or Woodstock Ontario. Toyota also plans to continue investment in the region by building a Parts Distribution Centre in Bowmanville Ontario. Based on all of this we’d recommend any of the 3 picks above for the top car made in Canada 2018.
Another great choice for our cars made in Canada 2018 list. Honda employs around 4,200 people at their factory in Alliston, Ontario. In 2010 they built their Honda Canada head office Campus in Markham, Ontario. They’ve been operating in Canada for over 30 years with the Honda Civic consistently winning top honours for Canada’s top selling passenger car. Either of these choices are great for supporting the made in Canada initiative.