Over the last decade or so, many foreign automakers have challenged the idea of what defines an "American car," but Honda took things a step further last year by exporting more cars out of the US than it imported in. Reuters is reporting that in 2013, a total of 108,705 Honda and Acura models were exported from the US with only 88,357 being shipped in. This gives Honda a net exporter status here, and makes it the first of such among the major Japanese automakers.

Honda's US imports have been dropping over the last five years while its exports have been steadily increasing. In 2008, the report indicates that Honda shipped 187,000 vehicles to the US and exported only 20,000, and even by 2012 Honda still favored imports with 136,000 imports and 74,000 exports. The article says that US-made Honda and Acura vehicles were exported to 50 countries with most ending up in Mexico, but the big news is that the Honda's US production set a record in 2013 with 1.3 million units built.


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      mbukukanyau
      • 11 Months Ago
      So Now Americans serve their foreign masters.
      normc32
      • 11 Months Ago
      That should lower their recalled cars total to NHTSA. Damn, Toyota will be No.1 again!
      Jesus!
      • 11 Months Ago
      Look just because a JAPANESE COMPANY builds JAPANESE CARS on US soil, that does not make them American. Why do we keep having to go through this little game. Honda is in the business of building Japanese cars to make money, whether they build them here or in Mexico or wherever, they are still a Japanese company building a Japanese product to, yes, make money. Quit feeding the lies autoblog.
        Racer666
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Jesus!
        If the cars were made and designed by Americans then its an American car regardless of who owns the make. Get over it you racist piece of turd.
        Racer666
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Jesus!
        and if I applied your logic to Chrysler, Chrysler would be what an Italian Car? You are not quite the the brightest kid around the block aren't you?
        AGSHOP
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Jesus!
        sure Honda sends profits back home to Japan. BUT!!! They create 1000'S of jobs for Americans and put food on the table and put their kids through college!
          musta.koira
          • 10 Months Ago
          @AGSHOP
          Profits go to share holders, wherever they may be from including Americans.
      Karfreek
      • 11 Months Ago
      I bought my 2013 Accord in June 13. 15,000mi later it's trouble free and a blast to drive.
      AutoVido
      • 11 Months Ago
      Ah statistics! 'Exports' doesn't include cars sent to Canada, but does include cars sent to Mexico for some reason. And therefore I assume it doesn't include the 400,000 or so cars made in Canada and Mexico.
      Zaki
      • 11 Months Ago
      It would be interesting to see if there was any data on quality control/reliability/problems with vehicles manufactured in the US vs Japan. The recent MDX issues come to mind.
        wilkegm
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Zaki
        To that end, Honda's product core has long been the Civic and Accord, both of which have been coming from Ohio for decades and continue to be the hallmark for durability, reliability and longevity.
      carguy1701
      • 10 Months Ago
      Considering that the yen is still high relative to the dollar, it isn't a surprise.
        • 10 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
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        Avinash Machado
        • 10 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        Yes,if they export from Japan they would have to price the cars much higher.
      • 10 Months Ago
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        merlot066
        • 10 Months Ago
        Not upset at that. Just upset that Honda is getting a pat on the back for what Detroit has been doing forever. And if Ford makes two models in Mexico it comes up on every single post even though there are way more vehicles exported to Mexico than are imported from Mexico. Not complicated really.
          merlot066
          • 10 Months Ago
          @merlot066
          The Fiesta is imported to the US from Mexico. Some Fusions are imported to the US from Mexico. Either you have some incorrect preconceived notions or we have very different interpretations of the word "most".
          1454
          • 10 Months Ago
          @merlot066
          Wow, a whopping half the list is "Domestic". http://www.thestreet.com/story/11968700/11/10-most-american-made-cars-of-2013.html Considering what the word means, that should mean they would dominate the list, and they don't. So yeah, let's give the "domestics" credit they don't deserve.
          merlot066
          • 10 Months Ago
          @merlot066
          "Most of their small cars are made in mexico" -List of vehicles with highest American content. If I could draw you a picture of how those two things aren't the same thing I would. If you want to change the argument to try and sound better you can but when it comes down to it the Domestic automakers don't build "most" of their cars in Mexico, they still build a significant amount more in America than the import brands. Last year Ford imported 25% of the vehicles it sold. Toyota imported 41%.
          1454
          • 10 Months Ago
          @merlot066
          You're joking, right? Most of their small cars are made in mexico. Then, because of other countries protectionism, most of the cars they sale overseas are made overseas. So please stop. They really only make trucks here anymore and we keep being told that "foreign cars OEM's don't make cars in the US". That's the point of the article.
      wilkegm
      • 10 Months Ago
      Never underestimate the ability of some people to take something positive- like Honda creating more and more jobs in Ohio, passing a huge milestone, and try to turn it into something negative. Tons of R&D is done... in Ohio. The labor wages to build the cars are paid out to workers in... Ohio. The property taxes and utilities where the cars are made go to entities in... Ohio. The parts to build all those cars come primarily from companies right here in America, who also pay wages, taxes and utilities in America. But wait- Profits! Oh yes, the profits- after Honda is done paying moretaxes in Ohio, they go back to... the stock holders.
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