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Honda Becomes Net U.S. Exporter as Japan Imports Topped

Honda Motor Co., which makes two of the three cars with the highest North American production levels, became a net U.S. exporter for the first time in 2013, shipping more vehicles overseas than it brought in from Japan.

The Tokyo-based company exported 108,705 Honda and Acura cars and light trucks from U.S. assembly plants last year, while imports from Japan totaled 88,537 units, Honda said in a statement today. It enabled the carmaker to achieve a December 2012 goal to be a net auto exporter from North America within two years.