Where is Acura From and Where is Acura Made?

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

Acura doesn’t have the panache of competing luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz or BMW, nor does it have a reputation for rock-solid build quality like Lexus. Honda’s premium brand is still relatively popular in North America, though, selling just under 160,000 units in 2018.

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Despite its relative popularity, some consumers may not know where Acura originates from or where it builds its cars, crossovers and SUVs today. In this post, we’ll provide a brief look into Acura’s past and also provide a complete list of where it builds its cars for the North American market today.

Scroll below to learn all about Acura and its various manufacturing facilities.

Where is Acura From?

Much like Toyota with Lexus, the idea for the premium Acura brand was concocted by Honda after the Japanese government imposed export restraints on cars destined for the United States. Because Japanese brands could only export a certain number of cars each year, it made more sense for them to ship over profit-heavy luxury cars rather than inexpensive city cars like the Civic.

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Honda allegedly conducted a decade of market research in the US before finally launching the Acura brand in 1987 with the Acura Legend sedan and the two and four-door Acura Integra. The Legend was a particular success and inspired competing brands like Lexus to streamline their introduction into the US market to capitalize on North American demand for the full-size luxury sedan at the time.

So while Acura serves as Honda’s premium sub-brand (Honda is based Tokyo, Japan today) it is really a North American brand, with almost all of its sales happening in the US and Canada.

Where Is Honda From and Where Are Hondas Made?

Where is Acura Made?

Honda of America Mfg., Inc Marysville – Marysville, Ohio, USA

  • Acura NSX
  • Acura TLX
  • Acura ILX

Honda of America Mfg., Inc – East Liberty, Ohio, USA

  • Acura RDX
  • Acura MDX

Honda Sayama Plant – Sayama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan

  • Acura RLX

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama – Lincoln, Alabama, USA

  • Acura RDX
  • Acura MDX

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Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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