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The 2023 Honda CR-V Hybrid will be built and sold in Canada

On sale in the U.S. since 2017, the battery-assisted version of the popular SUV finally heads north of the border

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Honda will begin selling a hybrid version of the CR-V in Canada, starting with the 2023 model year.

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Production of the of the CR-V Hybrid will begin in the companys Alliston, Ontario plant this summer. Its a response, Honda says, to the increasing demands for fuel-saving hybrids.

Honda Chief Executive Officer Jean Marc Leclerc said at a company roundtable with media that a partial retooling has already begun at the 370,000-square-metre Plant 2 assembly site in Alliston. According to Automotive News Canada, Leclerc did not say how much Honda is spending on the retooling work at the plant.

Honda spokesperson Laura Heasman confirmed to that the new variant would be coming to the Canadian market, promising more details will be released in the coming weeks.

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The gasoline version of the CR-V has been in production in Alliston for 10 years. But in anticipating a drastic demand for the hybrid, Leclerc said the retooled plant will be capable of producing even larger numbers of CR-Vs. In the U.S., the hybrid made its debut in 2017, and has been rated highly in a competitive field.

While mum on the cost for the hybrid retooling now underway, the company revealed that in 2017 it spent over $400 million to upgrade the Alliston facilities for production of the CR-V and Civic. Some of that investment came via government loans.

Honda production in Alliston employs about 4,200 workers.