American Honda Motor produces cars, trucks, motorcycles, jets, engines, ATVs, and power equipment in the US. The company is the North American sales, marketing, and distribution arm for Japan-based Honda Motor. Through 14 manufacturing plants in North America, about 1 million vehicles are produced annually. American Honda also operates design centers and 14 research and development facilities, as well as plants in the US for building engines, transmissions, gear sets, and ATVs. It oversees the export of 15 different models of US-made Honda and Acura products to more than 100 countries. American Honda Motor came to the US in 1959 as the first Honda subsidiary to be established outside of Japan.