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Fact #828: July 7, 2014 Japanese Auto Manufacturers Increase Domestic Production for U.S. Sales

In 1980, all Japanese-brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were imported. By 1990, just over one-third of Japanese-brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were produced domestically in North America which includes the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. By 2013, about 70 percent of all Japanese-brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were produced domestically. While sales of domestic Japanese-brand vehicles have grown markedly over the 33 year period shown in the figure below, import sales by Japanese manufacturers in 1980 and 2013 are about the same.

Domestic and Import U.S. Light Vehicle Sales from Japanese Manufacturers, 1980-2013
Graphic showing domestic and import U.S. light vehicle sales from Japanese manufacturers from 1980 to 2013. See table for detail

Note: Japanese manufacturers' data include Acura, Honda, Infiniti, Isuzu, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Datsun/Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki, and Toyota.

Supporting Information

Domestic and Import U.S. Light Vehicle Sales by Japanese Manufacturers, 1980-2013
Calendar
Year
Import Domestic
(Thousands)
1980 2,004 0
1990 2,093 1,223
2000 1,632 2,808
2010 1,700 3,244
2013 1,992 4,354
Source: Ward's Automotive.

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