January 31, 2014
Blame it on Nafta.
Japan has ranked among the top two auto exporters to the U.S. since the 1970s, shipping Toyotas, Hondas and Nissans more than 5,000 miles across the Pacific.
The Asian nation is poised to be eclipsed this year by Mexico, which as recently as 1990 sent fewer than a quarter of a million vehicles across its northern border. Mexico’s tally will reach 1.9 million in 2015, topping Canada as the biggest exporter of cars to the world’s largest economy, consultant IHS Automotive estimated. U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 0.4 percent in January, figures released Feb. 3 are projected to show.