Honda was the first Japanese brand to build cars in the USA, and now the company is on track to have a larger number of cars exported from North America than imported.
North America will act as a net exporter by 2014, Honda said today in a statement during a celebration of its 1 millionth car built for export. That car was an Accord, destined for South Korea, that was assembled at Honda’s oldest North American plant at Marysville, Ohio.
The Japanese brand expects to export 100,000 vehicles from North America in 2012, a number which will keep growing thanks to an investment of $2.2 billion into North American operations over the last two years.
In 2014, Honda will boost North American production from the current 1.63 million units a year, up to 1.92 million units per year. As of right now, Honda’s list of exported vehicles includes: the Honda Civic, Accord, CR-V, Pilot, Odyssey, Crosstour, Ridgeline, as well as the Acura ILX, TL, RDX and MDX.
The company currently has plants operating in Canada, the USA, and one in the works for Mexico, which collectively ship vehicles to over 40 countries worldwide.