A silver Honda Accord sedan is rarely a vehicle worth getting too excited over, but we're sure the folks at Honda's Marysville, Ohio assembly plant would beg to differ. This week, a silver 2013 Accord EX-L sedan earmarked for South Korea rolled off the line, making it the one-millionth vehicle Honda has exported from the US over the last 25 years. More importantly, Honda also announced that by 2014, it plans to export more cars from the US than it imports from Japan.

Starting with the very first Honda exported to Taiwan from Ohio in 1987, the automaker has exported more than $22-billion worth of vehicles and vehicle parts, with 1994 standing as a record year in which 105,511 vehicles were shipped out. This year, Honda and Acura have 11 models that are exported out of the US accounting for almost 100,000 units shipped to more than 40 countries. With a goal of increasing production capacity from 1.63 million units up to 1.92 million units by 2014, Honda expects to "far surpass" its 1994 export record.

For more, check out Honda's official press release by scrolling below.
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Honda Builds 1 Millionth Automobile for Export From U.S.

-Honda Will Become "Net Exporter" from North America in Two Years --
-Marysville, Ohio Auto Plant Began Building Vehicles for Export 25 Years Ago --

12/05/2012 - MARYSVILLE, Ohio

Twenty-five years after the first U.S.-made Honda automobile was exported to overseas markets, associates at the company's Marysville Auto Plant today marked production of the 1 millionth Honda automobile to be exported from the U.S. The silver 2013 Honda Accord EX-L Sedan will be shipped to South Korea.

Within two years, Honda will become a "net exporter" of automobiles from North America - exporting more vehicles built in its auto plants in North America than it imports from Japan - as these local production operations take on a larger responsibility for the introduction of global automobiles sold in multiple countries.

"Quality for the world, made in America, has been an important Honda commitment for the past 25 years," said Takanobu Ito, president & CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., in a video message to the gathering. "In the coming years, we will take on the challenge of helping even more customers around the world enjoy Honda products made in the USA."

Since 1987, Honda has exported more than $22 billion worth of automobiles and components from the U.S. This includes its exports of finished vehicles as well as component parts sets from suppliers in the U.S. that are used to produce automobiles at Honda plants overseas.

The export milestone Accord Sedan that rolled off the assembly line in Marysville, Ohio, now embarks on a more than 8,000-mile journey across the United States to Port Hueneme in Southern California, and then across the Pacific Ocean to Seoul, South Korea, where the company recently began sales of its U.S.-made vehicles. Honda currently exports automobiles to more than 40 countries (Honda does not include shipments from the U.S. to Canada as exports), with total exports expected to reach nearly 100,000 Honda and Acura vehicles from the U.S. in 2012.

Honda recently marked its 30th anniversary of producing automobiles in America, becoming the first Japanese carmaker to make automobiles in America on Nov. 1, 1982. Five years later, Honda became the first international automaker to export U.S.-made automobiles to overseas markets when it began shipping Ohio-made Accords to Taiwan in fall 1987. A year later, Honda exported its first U.S.-made Accord Coupe to Japan.

With an investment of more than $2.2 billion in its North American operations over the past two years, Honda will increase automobile production capacity in North America from the current 1.63 million to 1.92 million units per year in 2014. As a result, in the coming years, annual exports of Honda and Acura automobiles from the U.S. are expected to far surpass the company's previous single-year export record of 105,511 vehicles set in 1994.

Every Honda auto plant in North America builds cars and trucks for export to global markets, including operations in Ohio, Alabama and Indiana. Exported models include the Honda Civic, Accord, CR-V, Pilot, Odyssey, Crosstour and Ridgeline and the Acura ILX, TL, RDX and MDX. Further, many of the vehicles exported from the U.S. were designed and developed in the U.S. by Honda R&D Americas.

Honda currently exports automobiles to more than 40 countries from the U.S. through seven port facilities in three states:
-Port Hueneme, Calif.
-Jacksonville, Miami and Tampa, Fla.
-Brunswick, Ga.
-Baltimore, Md.
-Newark, N.J.

The one million automobiles exported from America represents a value of $19 billion dollars since the first export to Taiwan in 1987. Further, the cumulative export of component parts sets is valued at more than $3.24 billion.

In addition to the export of automobiles and automobile parts, American Honda also exports power sports (ATVs) and power equipment products made at Honda's U.S. plants to overseas markets:

-Cumulative exports of power sports products from the U.S., including ATVs now produced in Timmonsville, S.C., total more than 500,000 units, since 1980.
-Cumulative exports of power equipment products from the U.S., including lawn mowers, general purpose engines, surpassed the 2 million-unit mark in 2012, since the start of power equipment production in Swepsonville, N.C. in 1984.

A complete, year-by-year history of Honda's automobile, power sports and power equipment exports can be found in the Honda Digital FactBook. To see a video about Honda's U.S. manufacturing and export efforts, please click here.

About Honda
Honda established operations in America in 1959, and now employs more than 26,000 associates in its U.S. sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with a capital investment of more than $12.5 billion.

Based on its longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer" Honda operates 14 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, and power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Seven Honda auto plants in the region, including four in the U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.63 million automobiles each year. In 2011, 85 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America. This will increase to 1.92 million vehicles per year in 2014, when the sales percentage of locally produced automobiles is expected to rise to more than 90 percent.

Honda operates major research and development centers in the U.S. that fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.


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      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      If Americans are buying them, then might as well try to make as many of them here as possible... and if that also means we get to export them as well, even better.
      Jason Krumvieda
      • 2 Years Ago
      How did the black dude manage to have his pointer finger exactly where the 1 should be in 2012? That is a priceless photo moment.
        MAX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jason Krumvieda
        Hey that's the highest ranking black guy at Honda. Meanwhiile Honda is going to bring a lot more Fits from Mexico than they export cars from the USA.
      carfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      hey americans...I just read that today is the anniversary of the japanese bombing the $hit out of you 70 years ago...go out and celebrate by buying more honda and tayata asian krap so that they can bomb the $hit out of you again...READ YOUR HISTORY morons
        dej
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carfan
        My late father was a WWII vet in the Pacific. Ran landing craft for island invasions. I believe he did 4 invasions. His weapons included a hand gun and baseball bat. He was to use the bat first on anyone not leaving the landing craft once the door dropped (mostly on hands with death grips on something on the landing craft). If the bat didn't work, he was supposed to shot the soldier and throw the body in the water. You came back for the next batch of soldiers empty. You didn't reason with anyone. No exceptions. He used the bat more than once, never the gun. Pretty hardcore for a 19 year old weighing 140 pounds. You'd think something like that would make you bitter about the enemy. Not my father. He figured the average Japanese soldier wanted to be there about as much as he did. But, if it was him or them, he was hoping for him. He didn't take it personal. By the 1970s we had a VW Beetle, In the 80s he had a Subaru and then a Honda. The war was long over by then. It is even longer now.
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dej
          I am biracial. Half Japanese, half American (white). My American grandfather was a US Marine in WWII. My Japanese grandfather was an Imperial Japanese soldier in the mainland (Japan). Both survived the war. Today, they are on the same family tree. Wars end and sometimes, enemies end up as family.
          The Other Bob
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dej
          GR - you should write a book. Thatnwould be an interesting read.
        Gubbins
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carfan
        So, how much longer do YOU want to go on fighting that war? Another 20-30 years maybe? I know, maybe they should close up shop and put tens of thousands of Americans out of work. That work for you? I think you're calling the wrong people "morons"... Good luck in your next spelling competition too by the way.
          Gubbins
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gubbins
          That was meant for "carfan"...sorry.
        VDuB
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carfan
        That was 60 years ago... still butt hurt? Should the British still be butt hurt about the rebels that fought against them and declared independence?
        VDuB
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carfan
        Oh.. and should Jews not buy Mercedes and BMW?
          carfan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @VDuB
          they buy my MB and BMW because these are exquisite cars, not krap from asia...
        sensibility2
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carfan
        What an ignorant pieace of work you are. I doubt that you have a history of your own to make such an imbecile comment. If that's the case, no one in Europe, and elsewhere by extension, should be buying German cars. The last time I checked their cars were the main stream status luxury vehicles bought in just about every country before the new luxury entrants from Japan and elsewhere.
      MAX
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's stupidity like this thats proves America doesn't deserve a strong middle-class. We are on our way to being a worthless nation like the UK that has no domestic car companies. If this is such a good deal why doesn't Japan have transplant factories from other nations? Why does the Japanese government subsidize building factories over here? The white collar and engineering jobs are far more important than the assembly jobs. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/lexus-could-move-production-stateside-japanese-government-ready-to-help/ The Chinese are smart to throw the Japanese out of their burgeoning nation and we are fools letting them in our fading nation. Americans should back the home team just like the Japanese and Germans do. While American soldiers and taxpayers protected Japan from communism and all the other nations they committed war crimes against, their Ministry of International trade attacked our middles class through currency manipulation to the point Japan has the highest debt per capita in the world. http://www.nbcnews.com/business/japan-tops-list-countries-deepest-debt-1C7100630
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MAX
        The state of the UKs domestic car companies does not make the UK a worthless nation. Indeed, the name of the owner on any company's share certificates has no economic impact whatsoever in itself; it is manufacture that drives the economic wheel. The UK produces more cars now than it did during the height of British Leyland during the late 1970s, and as someone else pointed out the manufacturers based there export more vehicles than they import, which is a boon to the country's balance of payments. Since you're so hung up on share ownership, bear in mind that any public company - which includes Foed and GM - has an international ownership as a result, and indeed without their European and Asian operations, much of their respective model ranges in America these days wouldn't exist. A worthless nation is one which increasingly dabbles in narcissism with its head up its own arse, and that's the direction the US is unfortunately taking.
          MAX
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          You're full of crap. Just a 1% globalist wannabee. The UK is a cesspool for it's working class who live lives of drunkeness and despair. The Irish, French and Germans now laugh at Britain.
          MAX
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Yeah, the UK has to have the French Navy supply planes and pilots for it's aircraft carriers becuase they can't build hardly anything nowdays. Hilarious that the Teabaggers won't OK a treaty for disabled people around the world because the of fear of UN having authority in the US (treaty had no UN authority but sound bad to low information types) but cheerlead foreign companies free range of our means of production.
          mikoprivat
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          you are correct bloke as you "usually" are: GB is not a worthless nation it is a subserviant nation to almost everybody in the world. From pompous, interbread, waterheaded, conceited a$$holes from the Victorian aera to a subserviant nation owned by their former colonies...what a joke. I think MAX is correct, God forbid the Americans become like you marshmellows, If you haven't seen chaos and anarchy in the world yet, you'll see it immediately upon the USA losing it's power...IDIOT
          mikoprivat
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          actually bloke, upon further review of the english "patient" and especially in comparison to the other two european nations worth anything economocally i.e. France and Germany, England is NOTHING, Great (lol) Britain is worthless both economically and politically. It is also a proven fact that it is a lost battle to argue with uneducated blokes who can't see beyond their made in asia blinders. The main reason England is in this dire economic situation is that it lost it's respect as a manufacturing nation. Being laborers to Indian and Japanese companies is not something to be proud of. One can tell that you are "self-educated" and you indeed try hard to sound intelligent ( I really have to commend you for the effort) which is more than what the average American can say, a good crop of which is posting on this blog with their brainless anti american comments
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Always entertaining to read the jingoistic rants of American teenagers on these boards who have yet to make their mark on the world but, as a result of reading an Autoblog post, suddenly makes them feel the need to spew a plethora of remarks unwittingly shrouded in pure idiocy and utter naivety. I've spent many years with large multinationals working on both sides of the Atlantic, and I post to Autoblog simply because of my interest in the motor industry. But like I say, it's also a source of of rather benign entertainment to read the ridiculousness of posters such as mikoprivat and MAX, who patently haven't any experience of this world whatsoever. Well done lads, but do make sure you concentrate your efforts in achieving a good education.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          "I think MAX is correct, God forbid the Americans become like you marshmellows" I too doubt that will never happen - Americans are too wrapped up in the SSRIs, shootings and general state of unhappiness to ever wish to become like the British.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Mikoprivat ... your teenage insults are futile. I'm happy with my education and career; the real conundrum occurs when you consider your own. And you don't even see how humorous it is for me to be considered intelligent by someone who has no grasp of proper grammar, let alone any ability to write in sentences.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          "The main reason England is in this dire economic situation is that it lost it's respect as a manufacturing nation." Typical of the baseless statements made by you children. The current economic climate across Europe was stemmed by the horrific subprime lending in the States, which European banks were heavily invested in. And when European governments stepped in to bail out the banks, the economic drama began. The real problem stifling most of the EU is the single currency removing crucial tools for the less wealthy states such as Greece to create inflationary growth. The largest export market of UK manufacturing is the Eurozone, which continues to crimp the British manufacturing base. Food and alcohol production are currently being especially hard-hit.
      MAX
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ironic they announce this on Pearl Harbour day. Now that they are getting run out China they double down on the US.
        wilkegm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MAX
        And we should gladly accept their investmment. Money is being spent here to build cars meant for sale elsewhere. There's nothing about it that isn't "win".
          MAX
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wilkegm
          We doesn't our government subsidize the heck out American companies to sell cars abroad like our Japanese and Korean frenemies do? Wheres the American equivalent of Japan's MITI?
          MAX
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wilkegm
          Just like the Trojans gladly accepted the Greek's gift of a large wooden horse.
          carfan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wilkegm
          to MAX...you're just wasting your time...unfortunately 99% of these readers have no idea what you're talking about. They think that Trojan is only a condom...these are the same people who buy these inferior asian cars
      • 2 Years Ago
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        MAX
        • 2 Years Ago
        Honda has gained plenty of Japanese taxpayer money from their government buying down the yen for half a century that they have the highest debt per capita of any nation in the world, higher than Greece. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444799904578051770295308646.html American taxpayers also have subsidized Honda putting plants in the US with tax incentives and infrastructure.
      JGM038
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man, you know our economy is in the shitter when you get articles like this, lol
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      With exchange rates being what they are, this isn't really a surprise.
      styxmiko
      • 2 Years Ago
      it looks like the Americans are not the only idiots buying these cars!?
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Vinuuz
      • 2 Years Ago
      The trolls are expected to fight about Japanese and American on this story! Where are you guys?
        Temple
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Vinuuz
        Mexican-made Fords are better for America than American-made Hondas! Yadda yadda.. Pearl Harbour. How did I do?
          Temple
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Temple
          @Camroman101 I was being snide. No, an American-made Honda is better for America than a Mexican-made Ford. Why? The majority of the cost is in making the cars, paying suppliers, paying factory workers and dealers. Each of which gets taxed, America taxes each car sold, the profits of the suppliers, profits of the workers, profits of Honda America. At each step America takes its cut and jobs are crated. Let's put it this way. GM made 2.6 million cars in China last year, nearly 700K more cars than it did in the USA. GM is an American company making more cars in China than it does in the USA, the exact opposite of what Honda is doing. How is Detroit doing right now? How has all those Chinese-made Buicks helped Americans?
          Vinuuz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Temple
          :D.. Good one!
          sensibility2
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Temple
          @Camaroman101, how did you figure that? It sounds to me like you need a lesson in economics and taxation. The fact that it sounds good to your biased insensibilities does not mean you write it. What an ignorant pieace of work you are. I doubt that you have a history of your own to make such an imbecile comment. If that's the case, no one in Europe, and elsewhere by extension, should be buying German cars. The last time I checked their cars were the main stream status luxury vehicles bought in just about every country before the new luxury entrants from Japan and elsewhere.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if they might build more factories in America.
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