Today Honda celebrated exporting its one millionth new vehicle from the U.S., and affirmed that the Japanese-based automaker will eventually become a net exporter of cars from this country. That means that by 2014, Honda expects to export more cars from North America to other countries than it imports here from Japan.
The milestone car was a 2013 Honda Accord EX-L sedan destined for sale in South Korea. It was the one millionth Honda vehicle produced stateside since the automaker first shipped an Accord from Marysville, Ohio, to Taiwan in 1987. The Marysville plant began production for in 1982. Last month, Honda celebrated the 30th anniversary of building cars in the U.S. The very first was a 1983 Honda Accord sedan that rolled off the assembly line on November 1, 1982.
Since then, Honda has more than $22 billion worth of vehicles and parts from the U.S. to as many as 40 countries worldwide (although Honda doesn't count models sent to Canada as exports). Models exported from here to other countries include the Civic, Accord, CR-V, Pilot, Odyssey, Crosstour, and Ridgeline, as well as the Acura ILX, TL, RDX and MDX. This year, Honda expects to export 100,000 vehicles from the U.S. to other countries; the best export year was 1994, when Honda sent 105,511 American-made vehicles overseas.
Honda plans to become a net exporter from North America by 2014 by adding a new factory in Mexico to built Fit-series vehicles, and also by continually increasing production capacity in the U.S. Over the next two years, Honda says it will increase American production capacity from its current level of 1.63 million to 1.92 million units annually.
Sources: Honda, Automotive News