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Marysville, OH-- It's a foreign car, but it's being made by the million in America.
Wednesday, Honda announced that the Maryville, Ohio plant has produced its one millionth Honda. This comes 25 years after the first U.S.-made Honda automobile was exported to overseas markets.
That millionth car... a silver 2013 Honda Accord EX-L Sedan will be shipped to South Korea, according to auto workers.
In a news release, Honda officials said that within two years, they will become a "net exporter" of automobiles from North America - exporting more vehicles built in its auto plants in North America than it imports from Japan - as these local production operations take on a larger responsibility for the introduction of global automobiles sold in multiple countries.
The export milestone Accord Sedan that rolled off the assembly line in Marysville, Ohio, now embarks on a more than 8,000-mile journey across the United States to Port Hueneme in Southern California, and then across the Pacific Ocean to Seoul, South Korea, where the company recently began sales of its U.S.-made vehicles.
Honda recently marked its 30th anniversary of producing automobiles in America, becoming the first Japanese carmaker to make automobiles in America on Nov. 1, 1982. Five years later, Honda became the first international automaker to export U.S.-made automobiles to overseas markets when it began shipping Ohio-made Accords to Taiwan in fall 1987. A year later, Honda exported its first U.S.-made Accord Coupe to Japan.
*Information for this story was provided by Honda's Headquarters.
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