US – American Honda exported 108,705 Honda and Acura vehicles and imported 88,537 vehicles from Japan in 2013, becoming a net exporter for the first time. The shift was enabled by record production levels in the US and North America (1,309,917 units and 1,781,213 units respectively).
Testsuo Iwamura, president and CEO at Honda North America, described the new development as “a natural result” of the company’s commitment to the area; Honda has invested $2.7 billion over the past three years to expand its production operations in the region. Almost 95% of Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the US are now made in North America.
Production figures for the US and North America represented a 7.4% and a 5.3% increase respectively on the 2012 records. The company’s plants in Ohio and Indiana and Jalisco, Mexico, all hit new highs.