Honda produced record levels of cars in the U.S. last year, and its number of exported U.S.-made cars actually exceeded the number of cars it imported to the U.S. from Japan for the first time. This means that Honda is now a net exporter, as it exported 108,705 Honda and Acura models made in the U.S. and imported 88,537 Japanese-made vehicles to the U.S.
Honda’s largest production facility in the U.S. was the plant in Marysville, Ohio, that produces the Honda Accord and Acura TL, which ended 2013 with 492,409 vehicles and set a record for all-time units produced. Of these vehicles, 69,680 were exported to 40 different countries, a 69-percent increase in exports over 2012. The company’s plant in Lincoln, Alabama, which produces the Honda Odyssey, Honda Pilot, Honda Ridgeline, and Acura MDX, also exported a significant number of vehicles in 2013, with 20,466 of its 333,556 total going elsewhere, and the plant in Greensburg, Indiana which makes the Honda Civic and Acura ILX exported 82 percent more vehicles than in 2012, with 18,559 of the 241,589 vehicles produced leaving the U.S.
As a result of major investments over the past few years, Honda says that 95 percent of the Honda and Acura models sold in the U.S. are made in North America. This percentage should grow even more going forward, as a new plant in Celaya, Mexico will start producing the 2015 Honda Fit and an upcoming Fit-based crossover starting later this year. Honda expects its North American production capacity to go from its current 1.72 million vehicle level to 1.92 million vehicles per year in 2014.