Some people still think of Honda as a foreign car.
The number of people who feel Honda is foreign, though, is drastically shrinking. The fact is, long gone are the days when the U.S. imported 100% of Honda vehicles.
Honda actually exports more vehicles from the U.S. than it imports. According to this article, “The automaker exported 108,705 vehicles last year and imported 88,537. ”
Those cars that are exported now serve Honda drivers in 40 countries.
“Achieving net exporter status is a natural result of our commitment and investment in the U.S. and North America,” Tetsuo Iwamura, president and CEO of Honda North America, said in a statement. “The achievement of this tremendous milestone is a result of the efforts of the tens of thousands of associates in America who develop and produce our vehicles and those who manage the export of these products to customers in global markets.”
Honda knows the importance of the American market and benefits of building vehicles on U.S. soil, so they have continually invested more money into building vehicles here and creating more jobs.
“Honda is definitely becoming more of an American brand,” said Tod McLaughlin of Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. “They are building and exporting more cars than we are importing. Not only that, but a lot of important design and research happens on U.S. soil.”
We love Honda and we love American made Hondas 🙂