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NY Times has a pretty cool interactive site on different cars and trucks in the US right now and where their engines/transmissions came from and where they are assembled.


From glancing through this, I do think that it's semi-ironic/semi-funny that there are "import" cars with more American parts than "American" cars

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http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/06...o-plants-4.html
 

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Nice, both the Econoline and Savana/Express are pretty much American, like I thought, though Econoline apparently has some models with Canadian motors... Wonder which model that is... However, I can say this, the Ford Econoline > GMC/Chevy Savana/Express. The fleet vehicles we drive speak for themselves.

Ford seemed pretty much fair on all the components used.
 

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Not on the list since its not a current vehicle....but my freestyle was built in chicago :)
 

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It will be weird when foreign manufacturers are the "American" car companies.
 

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Well, if you ask the EPA.....

Honda Accord = domestic

My Grand Marquis = foreign

So much for apple pie.

Zorin
 

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I could care less where my Ford is from though. I know my Ford Vehicle is built with pride and quality. And each time I drive it, even after a long 13 hour shift of work, my Taurus always puts a smile on my face. As did my Contour, and Escort.

I consider my Taurus to be a very loyal friend too. :)
 

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QUOTE (soccernamlak @ Jun 21 2009, 04:47 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=734060
From glancing through this, I do think that it's semi-ironic/semi-funny that there are "import" cars with more American parts than "American" cars[/b]

The problem with that logic is that the profit from the sale of a Civic (or any other domestically built, Japanese car) goes to Japan. Sure, Toyota employs lots of Americans and that's great but the money still goes overseas.
 

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Ignoring the sales team, marketing team, delivery team, assembly team, management, and other workers making/inspecting/delivering/selling those "Japanese" cars, right?

And ignoring the money that Toyota/Honda/etc. invest in American factories, designs, etc.?

If that's the argument, you will see numerous companies with bases around the globe.

Personally I really don't think these classifications are fair or right anymore because many of these vehicles are on a global scale, with money flowing to and from many worldwide countries. Honda AND Ford included.

Sure, it might be founded and run with a central location in one company. But it's a global brand, global market, and a global company. Kind of hard to classify it based on a small fraction of facts/stats about the company
 

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Not another one of these :closedeyes:
 

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QUOTE (animex2 @ Jun 22 2009, 08:04 AM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=734185
Not another one of these :closedeyes:[/b]
Nope...I said my piece. I'll re-iterate though, that I think the amount of domestic manpower that these foreign companies employ has been impressive and that I'm not totally against the way they've handled their business here.

I'm actually more upset with the way GM and Chrysler have handled themselves in the last 20 years.
 

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All the Domestics over the last 20 years spent their profits buying foreign brands for the most part.
 
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