Honda today marked production of the 1 millionth automobile to be exported from the U.S. at the company’s Marysville Auto Plant.
The event happened twenty-five years after the first U.S.-made Honda automobile was exported to overseas markets. The milestone car is a 2013 Honda Accord EX-L Sedan which will be shipped to South Korea. Honda aims to become a „net exporter” of automobiles from North America within two years, which means it will export more vehicles built in its auto plants in North America than it imports from Japan.
“Quality for the world, made in America, has been an important Honda commitment for the past 25 years. In the coming years, we will take on the challenge of helping even more customers around the world enjoy Honda products made in the USA,” said Takanobu Ito, president & CEO of Honda Motor Company in a video message to the gathering.
Since 1987, Honda has exported more than $22 billion worth of automobiles and components from the U.S. This includes its exports of finished vehicles as well as component parts sets from suppliers in the U.S. that are used to produce automobiles at Honda plants overseas.
Honda currently exports automobiles to more than 40 countries, with total exports expected to reach nearly 100,000 Honda and Acura vehicles from the U.S. in 2012.