By Drew Johnson
Thursday, Dec 6th, 2012 @ 10:53 am
 

Honda says it will be a "net exporter" of vehicles from North America within two years. The Japanese automaker made the announcement at a ceremony to mark the company's 1 millionth U.S.-built vehicle for export.

Honda, the first Japanese automaker to setup shop in United States, says it will export more vehicles from North American than it imports from Japan by 2014. Honda began exporting vehicles from the U.S. in 1987.

"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. "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."

The announcement coincided with the production of Honda's 1 millionth U.S.-built vehicle for export. The milestone-setting vehicle was a 2013 Honda Accord destined for the South Korean market.

Honda, which exports vehicles to more than 40 countries, is on pace to ship about 100,000 Honda and Acura-badged vehicles from the U.S. In 2012.