With the opening Friday of a Honda plant in the city of Celaya, Mexico, that country is taking another step toward becoming the largest car exporter to the United States.
Once the Japanese automaker's final assembly plant is up and running, Mexico will overtake Japan to become the No. 2 auto exporter to the U.S.
By the end of 2015, Mexico is expected to pass Canada and ship more vehicles into the U.S. than any other country.
"Our new plant in Mexico is based on the Honda company principle of maintaining a global viewpoint to supply products of the highest quality, yet at a reasonable price, for worldwide customer satisfaction," said Takanobu Ito, president and CEO of Honda.
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The facility, which will produce about 200,000 Fit hatchbacks a year, is Mexico's 13th full-size auto assembly plant. By comparison, there are 44 final assembly plants in the U.S.