IndependentProfessor wrote:I'm pretty sure that almost every Toyota that is made these days for sale in the US is more American than any American car I've every owned (save my 1966 Mustang).
I owned 3 models of the 4th-Gen F-body (Camaro/Firebird). It's a Camaro - the "All-American Muscle Car", right? Not really.
The LS1 engine in those cars was made at the St. Catharines engine plant in Ontario, Canada.
The Tremec T-6 transmission was made in Mexico (Tremec is a Mexican company).
The radio was German.
The shocks were Swedish.
And it was all assembled at the St. Therese assembly plant in Quebec, Canada.
So, yeah - this car is an import car.
This is because of NAFTA and the Unions. American automakers used to produce in and around Detroit. But thanks to absurd Union bullshit, and NAFTA opening up Canada and Mexico, it make more sense for them to shift production across the border to Canada or import rock bottom parts from mejico.
Foreign companies are primarily Japanese or Korean, and for a long time (still really in the case of japan) we had lose trading agreements with those countries and so autos and parts were heavily taxed on import. It made sense for them to shift production to the US to avoid those tariffs, and when they did they all built plants in the south or indiana, where none of that union bullshit is tolerated.
Thats why foreign cars are more American than American cars. Not that important for the jobs picture either way though as robots have hollowed out most of these plants since they can do a better job than some eminem look alike.