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Made in Canada: New Vehicles for 2020

From compacts to supercars, the list of new vehicles currently built in Canada may surprise you.

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Since the dawn of the automobile age, there have been automobiles manufactured in Canada. One of the earliest examples was the Walkerville Wagon Works, which started the first large-scale production of cars in Canada, building Fords near Windsor, Ontario, in 1904. Since then, the country has become one of the largest auto-producing nations in the world. Across plants belonging to Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Honda, and Toyota, over 2,000,000 vehicles were built here annually as late as 2018, according to the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d'Automobiles. Many of the most popular new cars sold in Canada are made in this country. So, if you are interested in "buying Canadian," check out our alphabetical list of Canadian-built new vehicles for 2020. 

 

2020 Chevrolet Equinox 

General Motors has a long history of building cars in Canada, dating back to 1908. The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox compact SUV is the latest GM product manufactured here. Slotted between the Chevrolet Trailblazer subcompact SUV and the Blazer mid-size SUV, the latest, third-generation Equinox has been assembled in the U.S. automaker’s CAMI Automotive Plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, since 2004. 

 

2020 Chrysler Pacifica 

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Windsor, Ontario, manufacturing plant opened in 1928 and has been assembling the automaker's iconic minivans since 1983. Currently, four minivan models—the Chrysler Pacifica, Pacifica Hybrid, Voyager and Dodge Grand Caravan—are made in the Windsor facility. While not sold in FCA Canadian showrooms, the Chrysler Pacifica-based Voyager replaces the lower-end Pacifica L and LX models in the U.S. market. 

 

2020 Chrysler 300 

Initially constructed by American Motors Corporation in 1985, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ second Canadian production plant is located in Brampton, Ontario. After debuting as a concept in 2003, the Chrysler 300 full-size sedan has been assembled at the Brampton facility since 2005. Today, the current second-generation 300 that arrived in 2011 is built alongside the Dodge Charger four-door sedan and Dodge Challenger two-door coupe. All three FCA models share the same rear-wheel-drive based platform. 

 

2020 Dodge Challenger 

Sharing its underpinnings with the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 full-size sedans, the Dodge Challenger full-size 2-door coupe is assembled in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Brampton, Ontario facility. Like its Charger sedan sibling, the Challenger name has been applied to various models over the years. These include the first-generation 1970s’ muscle car and the second-generation Mitsubishi-based compact coupe. Since 2008, the current third-generation Dodge coupe is a roomier alternative to sporty coupes like the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang. 

 

2020 Dodge Charger 

Dating back to a show car that made its debut on the auto show circuit in 1964, there have been several versions of the Dodge Charger over the decades since, from muscle cars to compact hatchbacks to today’s full-size four-door sedan. Alongside the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Challenger, the Dodge Charger full-size sedan has been built at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Brampton, Ontario, facility since 2006, with today’s seventh-generation model arriving in 2011. 

 

2020 Dodge Grand Caravan 

Although fresher competition exists, the 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan minivan remains one of the most popular new vehicles sold in Canada. Built at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Windsor, Ontario plant since 1987, the current fifth-generation Grand Caravan arrived in 2016. While production of the Dodge minivan is slated to end sometime in 2020, the current U.S.-market Chrysler Pacifica-based Voyager is planned to eventually replace the Grand Caravan in Canadian showrooms as a lower-cost option to the Chrysler Pacifica. 

 

2020 Ford Edge 

While Ford has been building cars in Canada since the early 20th century, the automaker's Oakville, Ontario facility opened in 1953. Since 2006, the Ford Edge 2-row mid-size SUV—that slots slotted between the Ford Escape compact SUV and the Ford Explorer mid-size 3-row SUV—has been assembled in the Ford plant. Currently, the second-generation Edge that arrived in 2014 shares the Oakville assembly line with its Lincoln Nautilus platform-mate. 

 

2020 Ford GT 

As a follow-up to the 2005 to 2006 Ford GT mid-engine 2-seat supercar, since 2016, Ford has outsourced the production of the second-generation Ford GT to Markham, Ontario’s Multimatic. The mainly hand-built Ford supercar’s output is limited to one completed vehicle per day, resulting in an annual output of only a few hundred examples each year. Production of the low-volume Ford supercar is scheduled to continue until the end of 2020. 

 

2020 Honda Civic 

Canadians are familiar with the Honda Civic family of compact coupes, sedans, and hatchbacks as the country's perennially best-selling new passenger car. Two years  after Honda opened its first Canadian assembly plant in Alliston, Ontario, in 1986, the Civic was been a homegrown vehicle and remains so today. Built alongside the Honda CR-V compact SUV, today's tenth-generation Civic has been on-sale since the 2016 model year. 

 

2020 Honda CR-V 

Ever since Japan’s Honda moved production of its popular, CR-V to its Alliston, Ontario assembly plant, the compact SUV has been one of the best-selling Canadian-made new vehicles. Debuting in the mid-1990s, the Civic of the SUV world is precisely the sort of vehicle Canadians have come to love. Unlike the Civic, the CR-V has had less production tenure in Canada, with manufacturing starting in 2012. The current fifth-generation CR-V has been on the market since 2017. 

 

2020 Lexus RX 

Toyota operates two vehicle manufacturing facilities in Canada. The Woodstock, Ontario facility assembles the best-selling Toyota RAV4 compact SUV, while Toyota’s Cambridge, Ontario plant builds the Lexus RX mid-size luxury SUV. Significantly, in 2004 the Japanese automaker decided Canada would be the first market outside of Japan to make a Lexus with the RX. In 2013, assembly of the RX 450h hybrid version joined the gas-powered RX 350 at the Cambridge facility. 

 

2020 Lincoln Nautilus 

With its Ford Edge platform-mate, the Lincoln Nautilus mid-size 2-row SUV has been built in Ford's Oakville, Ontario, since 2019. Sitting between the Ford Escape-based Lincoln Corsair compact SUV and the Ford Explorer-based Lincoln Aviator 3-row SUV, the Nautilus replaced the second-generation Lincoln MKX, which was assembled alongside the Edge in the Oakville plant since both SUVs debuted in 2006. 

 

2020 Toyota RAV4 

Canadians seemingly can’t buy enough affordable compact SUVs–especially if they happen to be made in Canada. Witness the Toyota RAV4. First seen in 1997, the RAV4 was one of the first-ever passenger car-based SUVs and has become one of the best-selling vehicles in the country. Toyota opened its Woodstock, Ontario facility in 2007 and two years later started manufacturing its RAV4 compact SUV there. The current, 5th-generation RAV4 debuted for the 2020 model year. 

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