Friday, December 28, 2012

Honda Commemorates Millionth Car Export

A 2013 Accord Sedan became the one millionth Honda vehicle exported from the United States when it boarded a ship at the Port of Port Hueneme earlier this month.

The vehicle departed on a nearly 6,000-mile journey across the Pacific Ocean to Seoul, South Korea, on Dec. 12. The milestone came 25 years after the first US-made Honda automobile was exported overseas.

The millionth Honda US export vehicle, a silver Accord EX-L Sedan, rolled off the assembly line in Marysville, Ohio on Dec. 5, 2012 and was then transported to Port Hueneme in Ventura County, California for export overseas.

Honda currently exports automobiles to more than 40 countries from the US through seven port facilities in five states. The Port Hueneme facility, which Honda has been using for six years, is the company’s only one on the West Coast.

Honda currently exports automobiles to 49 countries outside North America, with total exports expected to reach nearly 100,000 Honda and Acura vehicles from the US by the end of 2012. The company says that within two years, it will export more vehicles built in its auto plants in North America than it imports from Japan. By 2014, the company says, it’s expected to increase automobile production capacity in North America from the current 1.63 million to 1.92 million units per year.

In coming years, the car company says, annual exports of Honda and Acura automobiles from the US are expected to surpass the company’s previous single-year export record of 105,511 vehicles, which was set in 1994.