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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.


Toyota Latest Maker to Expand Exports from US Plants

Growing list of American-made cars now heading abroad.

by on Sep.26, 2013

Toyota will begin shipping American-made Corolla sedans abroad next year.

Toyota plans to begin shipping U.S.-made Corolla sedans to 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean starting next year.

The move is part of a rapid ramp-up of exports from the U.S. by the world’s largest automaker which already ships vehicles from the States to markets as diverse as Europe and Asia. And Toyota isn’t alone, a growing number of its competitors also using the U.S. as an export base to take advantage of the weak dollar – and their expanding North American production networks.

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“Toyota’s U.S. manufacturing operations continue to grow as a key supplier of cars and trucks for global markets, which is only possible thanks to the dedication and high-quality work of our team members here,” said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota’s North America Region, “the export of U.S.-built Corolla sedans to Latin America and the Caribbean will help to further solidify our U.S. manufacturing base.”


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.


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.