American Honda Motor Co. Inc.’s assembly plant in Greensburg, IN, has begun production of export-market Honda Civic sedans.

The first units were shipped last week, the auto maker says.

Greensburg’s export production is destined for Mexico, Latin America, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, Guam and Saipan.

The U.S. represents the plant’s primary market, but export production “shows our commitment to the continued growth and evolution” of the site, says Rick Schostek, vice president-Honda Mfg. of Indiana LLC.

The Greensburg plant was dedicated in November 2008. Engines for the Civics assembled there are produced at Honda’s plant in Anna, OH.

Greensburg also is sole source of the natural gas-powered Honda Civic GX sedan.

Through August, U.S. sales of Honda’s domestically produced Civics totaled 176,867, 25.1% less than like-2008’s tally.

Honda also imported some 15,000 Civics through the first eight months of the year. Sales of those cars lagged like-2008’s total by 46.8%.