Production of cars used to be in the company's home country, but, spearheaded by Honda, companies are now setting up production lines in the countries they sell cars in. This cuts down on exporting time and cost to the company and consumer.
Cars produced in the US, like the Honda
Accord, could actually be shipped to Korea soon, as the weak yen makes
it expensive to produce at home.
"Honda Motor Co is considering importing more cars into South Korea from the United States instead of neighbouring Japan, its chief executive said on Wednesday, in a move aimed at avoiding damage from the yen's strength."1
It brings up an interesting observation - will these exported American vehicles, like those at Big Island Honda - Hilo - 124 Wiwoole Street in Hilo, Hawaii, keep their US-dimensions? Or will smaller versions be made to send into Korea? North American variants of Japanese cars tend to be somewhat larger than the Japan counterpart, since American car buyers want/need more room. The US infrastructure also includes wider, less crowded highways.