The year 2013 was a record year for exports of U.S. made cars and light trucks and for the first time in its history, in 2013 Honda Motor Co. exported more vehicles from its American assembly plants than it imported into the United States from Japan. According to Automotive News, Honda exported 108,705 Honda and Acura vehicles that were made in the U.S. while it imported 88,537 units from Japan and other countries.
In a statement, Tetsuo Iwamura, president and CEO of Honda North America said, “Achieving net-exporter status is a natural result of our commitment and investment in the U.S. and North America.” Honda’s North American production went up 5% in 2013, to 1.78 million vehicles, a calendar year record. Honda’s exports from the United States are sold in over 50 countries, with Saudi Arabia, Russia and the United Arab Emirates being the best export markets for U.S. built Hondas.]
Honda’s U.S. facilities assembled 1.3 million vehicles in 2013, an increase of 7% over the previous year. Honda’s Marysville, Ohio assembly plant was th3e first attempt by a Japanese automobile manufacturer to build cars or truck in the United States. Today, almost 95% of Honda and Accord branded vehicles sold in the U.S. are assembled in North America. Next month the company will begin assembly at its 8th North American assembly plant in Celaya, Mexico, raising total capacity on the continent to 1.92 million cars and light trucks.