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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.

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Honda Ups U.S. Exports – Increases American Jobs

Maker plans to become net exporter within 2 years.

by on Dec.06, 2012

The 1 millionth American-made Honda bound for export rolls off the Marysville assembly line.

Within two years, Honda will no longer be an “import” automaker. The Japanese-owned company says it expects to become a “net exporter” as it expands shipment of U.S.-made vehicles to South Korea and other parts of the world.

Ironically, at a time when the U.S. is putting a new emphasis on manufacturing – and the well-paying jobs it creates — foreign-owned automakers like Honda are taking a lead in shipping American-made vehicles to a growing list of overseas markets.  Honda is already one of America’s largest automotive exporters, and expects to have shipped 100,000 vehicles to 40 countries by the end of 2012 from assembly plants in Ohio and other parts of the country.

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And, at a ceremony marking the production of the 1 millionth American-made Honda bound for export, company officials said exports will grow larger than the number of vehicles Honda imports into the States by the end of 2014.

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BMW Was #1 Auto Exporter – Again

Maker shipped over $4 billion in vehicles outside NAFTA region.

by on Feb.17, 2011

a sizable portion of the BMW X3 models produced in Spartanburg are earmarked for export.

While domestic automakers may be talking about increasing their automotive exports, BMW is practicing what it preaches.

The maker, which recently focused on its U.S. manufacturing base in a Super Bowl commercial, was once again the biggest exporter of automobiles to markets outside North America, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

“BMW vehicles manufactured in South Carolina were a major contributor to the company’s success in 2010,” said Josef Kerscher, president of BMW Manufacturing Co. “Consistently strong, global demand for the X5 and X6, and now the all-new X3 to global markets, has led to a net increase in our export volume.

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All told, the maker’s single U.S. assembly plant, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, produced 110,000 vehicles for shipment outside the NAFTA region, worth $4.42 billion.

The plant, which went into operation in 1994, has so far produced 1.7 million vehicles, with about 70% of the X3 and X5 Sport-Activity Vehicles built there earmarked for export.

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Ford CEO to Serve on President’s Export Council

Ford exec Alan Mulally will advise on “export enhancement.”

by on Jul.07, 2010

Where are the jobs, Mr. President?

Ford CEO Alan Mulally will serve on the President’s Export Council (PEC) the White House announced today.

“Export growth leads to job growth and economic growth,” Obama said, as he named 18 business, labor and government leaders to a new export advisory council, “at a time when jobs are in short supply, building exports is an imperative.”

“President Obama recently set a national goal of doubling U.S. exports over the next five years. We applaud this forward-looking goal and I am honored to serve on the President’s Export Council and work toward helping America achieve it,” Mulally said in a Ford statement.

Ford Motor already exports about 250,000 vehicles annually – the equivalent of one final assembly plant, not including associated engine, transmission and other parts component plants. Vehicles exported from North America include the E-Series, Escape, Escape Hybrid, Expedition, Explorer, Focus, F-150, F-Series Super Duty, Mariner, MKS, Mustang, Mountaineer, Navigator, Ranger, and Taurus models.

It wasn’t immediately clear if this includes “exports” to Canada, and we await verification from Ford.

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“At Ford, we believe an export-driven strategy is critical to achieving our shared goals of economic growth, job creation and a sustainable future. One thing is certain, for exports to grow we must ensure that market access for manufactured goods remains at the center of U.S. trade policy,” said Mulally.

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