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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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