Global Exporting Fuels The Auto Industry's Growth

Exports Help Fuel the Auto Industry’s Growth

The export of new vehicles assembled in the United States continues its strong growth rate begun in 2003. Alliance members continue to report record increased foreign sales of American-made vehicles, making the United States one of the world’s largest auto exporters.

Over 1.56 million vehicles assembled in the United States were exported to over 200 countries in 2011, supporting millions of manufacturing, design, and port facility and shipping jobs across America. Experts estimate that the number of U.S. auto exports could rise to over 2 million vehicles as early as 2015.

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2011 U.S. Auto Exports at a Glance

  • The top five export markets in 2011 for vehicles assembled in the U.S. – Canada, Mexico, Germany, China, and Saudi Arabia.
  • While exports to Canada increased modestly from 2010 to 2011, exports to Mexico, Germany, China, and Saudi Arabia increased by double digit percentages during the same time period.
  • In 2011, U.S. exports to China were nearly five times higher than they were in 2009.
  • Last year, 136,222 American-made vehicles were exported to China, a significant figure considering that auto exports to that nation totaled less than 1,000 as recently as 2003.
  • Saudi Arabia is the second largest market for American-assembled sport utility vehicles (SUVs), behind only the domestic market.
  • Chrysler, Ford, and GM, together, exported more than 800,000 vehicles produced in the United States in 2011.
  • European- and Asian-based manufacturers export annually hundreds of thousands of vehicles assembled in their facilities across the U.S. in states like Texas, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Mississippi, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.


Source: “Growth Trends in U.S. Vehicle Exports,” report by the U.S. Department of Commerce,
April 26, 2012.

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