GAC Honda

Brands of current/recent products:


Honda

Everus

Acura

 

Type: a joint venture of GAC and Honda
Established: 1998
Headquarters: Guangzhou, Guangdong
Current/recent models:

Honda:

Accord (2.0/2.4/3.0L)
Avancier (2.0L)
City (1.5L)
Crider (1.8L)
Crosstour (2.4/3.0L)
Fit (1.5L)
Odyssey (2.4L)
Vezel (1.5L)

Everus

S1 (1.5L)

Acura

CDX (1.5L)

Sales (units): 2009: 365,600
2010: 386,000
2011: 362,000
2012: 316,360
Official Web Site–Chinese http://www.ghac.cn/
Official Web Site–English none
Timeline:  
  • 1998: GAC (Guangzhou Auto) and Honda signed contract to establish Guangzhou Honda (which was re-named GAC Honda in 2008) on May 7. The joint venture was officially founded on July 1. The first China-made Accord was delivered on October 27.
  • 1999: Volume production of Honda Accord started on March 26. Opened the first "4S" store in Guangzhou on the same day.
  • 2002: Rolled out the 100,000th Accord on March 1. Started producing Honda Odyssey MPV on April 10.
  • 2003: Agreement signed to extend the original JV contract on April 30. Put on sale the locally-built Honda Fit Saloon on September 28.
  • 2004: Rolled out the 2005 Honda Fit hatchback on September 12, which hit showrooms ten days later. Ground was broken on November 21 on the second vehicle plant (in Zengcheng, Guangzhou), which would have a designed production capacity of 120,000 a year in the initial stage.
  • 2006: Honda City rolled off the line on March 29 and went on sale on April 8. Produced the 500,000th Accord on June 27. Opened the Zengcheng plant on September 19, raising the JV’s production capacity to 360,000 units a year.
  • 2007: Rolled out the 1 millionth car on February 10. Established a R&D branch in Guangzhou on July 19.
  • 2008: Released the eighth-gen Accord on January 6 with a ceremony held at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Launched the China-only brand "Linian" (later revealed to be "Everus" as in English) and the first model (a concept) bearing it in April.
  • 2009: The joint venture was officially re-named as GAC Honda in June.
  • 2010: Rolled out its 2 millionth car on March 1. Revealed the English name for the "Linian" brand–Everus in April. Honda Crosstour was launched in Beijing on September 1, and released on December 30. Everus S1 was unwrapped at the Guangzhou motor show in November.
  • 2011: Everus S1 rolled off the line at the Huangpu plant on March 26, and hit the market on April 17. Annual production capacity of GAC Honda increased to 480,000 units at the end of the year.
  • 2012: Unveiled the Concept C at the Beijing motor show in April. Released the imported Fit Hybrid in November.
  • 2013: Honda Crider, based on the Concept C, hit showrooms in June.
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