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Honda Now More Exporter Than Importer

U.S.-made models being shipped to “over 50” countries.

by on Jan.28, 2014

The Honda Accord is the maker's #1 export model.

When is an “import” not an import? That’s no longer a rhetorical question, suggests Honda Motor Co. which says it is now exporting more vehicles from the U.S. than it is importing.

Its U.S. subsidiary American Honda exported 108,705 vehicles to 50 countries outside North American last year while importing just 88,537 vehicles from Japan.  With the midsize Accord leading the way, Honda has increased the export of American-made vehicles nearly six-fold since 2009 while reducing imports by more than 50% over the same period.  The value of those exports reached $2.66 billion last year.

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“This is really a significant milestone for our North American operations, and one that’s been 30 years in the making,” said Honda Senior Vice President Rick Schostek, making reference to the launch of Honda’s first U.S. assembly plant, in Marysville, Ohio, three decades ago.


GM Plans Export Blitz with New Full-Size SUVs

Foreign demand could offset ongoing decline in segment at home.

by on Oct.08, 2013

GM's full-size Yukon and Suburban SUVs.

General Motors has big plans for its next generation of full-size SUVs – and not just in the traditional U.S. market for models such as the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon Denali and Cadillac Escalade.

The automaker expects to export more than a quarter of the big sport utility vehicles it plans to build at its re-tooled assembly plant in Arlington, Texas when the new 2015 models launch production in the months ahead.

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“Twenty-five percent to 30 percent of the vehicles will be exported,” predicted Jeff Luke, GM executive chief engineer for full-size truck and sport utility vehicles. “They do real well in the Middle East. I was in Dubai (recently) and all the police agencies were using them,” he said.


To Russia With Love, Toyota Expanding Exports of American-Made Vehicles

Foreign-owned brands increasingly using U.S. plants as global production base.

by on Feb.28, 2013

A Venza at the Toyota engineering center near Detroit.

Toyota will begin exporting its Venza crossover to Russia and Ukraine later this year, part of an expanding list of products the maker is shipping from its network of U.S. assembly plants to markets around the world.

And Toyota isn’t alone. A growing number of American-made products are being earmarked for export, a reversal of a decades-long downward trend that saw most of the cross-border traffic involving foreign-made vehicles imported for American showrooms.

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Toyota and other Asian makers are rapidly ramping up export programs, but European makers still dominate, as much as half of the production at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama going abroad in a typical year. Domestic makers, ironically, have been lagging in the export drive, though that may also be changing.