In a three-year period, Honda has redoubled its commitment to American manufacturing, investing over $2.7 billion to expand its auto production operations in the United States and throughout North America. Due in large part to this investment, almost 95 percent of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the United States are manufactured in North America.
2013 marks the first time that American Honda has been a net exporter in the U.S. The automaker shipped 108,705 U.S.-made Honda and Acura vehicles out of the country while importing 88,537 from Japan.
Rick Schostek, senior vice president of Honda North America, heralded the news, saying, “The expansion of free trade and growth in U.S. operations has transformed Honda from importing 100 percent of the cars sold in the U.S. to establishing the U.S. as an export and production hub.”
The numbers from Honda’s American manufacturing facilities bear this out:
At Honda of America Mfg. in Ohio, the Marysville Auto Plant broke its all-time record by producing 492,409 vehicles in 2013 — an increase of 12 percent over the previous year. Honda’s East Liberty Auto Plant in Ohio produced 242,363 light trucks in 2013. Combined, the two plants set a record for Ohio-made vehicles. Of the 734,772 vehicles produced in Ohio last year, 69,680 were made to be exported to over 40 countries.
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama saw the production of 333,556 vehicles last year, 20,466 of which were produced to be exported to 49 countries.
Honda manufacturing of Indiana experienced a 21-percent increase in production from 2012, making 241,589 vehicles in 2013. 18,559 of these vehicles were produced for export, an 82-percent increase over the previous year.
All in all, Honda produced 1,309,917 vehicles in the United States in 2013.
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