For the first time, Honda Motor Co. in 2013 exported more cars from the United States than it imported from Japan. Honda exported 108,705 US-built Honda and Acura vehicles, compared with the 88,537 vehicles shipped in from Japan. "Achieving net-exporter status is a natural result of our commitment and investment in the U.S. and North America," Tetsuo Iwamura, president and chief executive of Honda North America, said in a statement.
In 2013, Honda set calendar-year records for vehicle production at its sites in North America and the US. In North America, Honda’s output rose 5 percent to 1.78 million Honda and Acura vehicles in 2013 – with its US sites building a record 1.3 million vehicles for a 7-percent increase.
Honda will start production of the Honda Fit next month at its Celaya site in Mexico, which is its eighth assembly plant in North America. The site raised the annual production capacity to 1.92 million units. Honda sells its US exports to over 50 countries like Saudi Arabia, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.
"In just a few decades, the expansion of free trade and growth in U.S. operations has transformed Honda from importing 100 percent of the cars sold in the U.S. to establishing the U.S. as an export and production hub," said Rick Schostek, senior vice president of Honda North America. "Each vehicle we manufacture for global customers is unique to that country, and our associates are engineering and manufacturing automobiles that meet their expectations for quality and value." [source: Honda]