Honda plans within two years to export more cars and light trucks from North America than it imports in this market.
Honda, which is the first Japanese automaker to manufacture cars in the US, will also be a ‘net exporter’ as its facilities in Canada, the US and Mexico begin to take more responsibility to manufacture global models for sale in multiple countries. Wednesday, December 5th, Nissan also celebrated the 1 millionth exported vehicle, a 2013 Accord sedan, manufactured at the Marysville plant, in Ohio, and heading for South Korea.
Honda began exporting vehicles from the US in 1987 and since then “quality for the world, made in America, has been an important Honda commitment for the past 25 years,” according to President Takanobu Ito. After 30 years of producing cars in Marysville, Honda is adding a new plant in Mexico, where it will manufacture the Fit hatchbacks from 2014.
This year so far the Honda and Acura brands saw their sales rebounding, with an increase of 24% through November, thanks to a 57% raise in vehicle production at the plants in North America. In 2011 Honda’s sales dropped 6.8%, due to the natural disasters which hit Asia, slowing production at the North American plants.