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Old 11-03-2012, 10:41 AM   #1
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Very interesting. The dynamic of the auto industry has been changing for years.

For example, when Toyota first began to open manufacturing facilities in KY, they pretty much built community centers, complete with firehouses and daycare centers. Bare in mind, the meadian income in KY is something like 12,500$ anually. By buying fire trucks, building stations for them, and training fire rescue personel they not only increased the safety of their own plant, but the homes of their workers - meaning they come to work because they didnt have to deal with their house burning down or a medical emergency without professionals. The same reasons people do not invest in Mexico, pretty much. This is the repayment to Toyota, the stability provided. The reason they came to begin with is import tariffs, something we are opposed to, for some crazy reason.

All this while GM was moving to Canada and Mexico because of NAFTA.

I would rather support an American worker and a foreign CEO than the other way around. We can't all be 1%, despite the claims of some.

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Old 11-03-2012, 01:25 PM   #3
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I would rather support an American worker and a foreign CEO than the other way around. We can't all be 1%, despite the claims of some.
I agree 100%. The idea of supporting American made is no longer with the name on the faceplate. And this goes for more than just vehicles but they get most of the attention. Am I buying American if I get a Silverado made in Mexico (no idea where they are made, just an example) or a Toyota made in Kentucky? It's becoming a more complex path to navigate.
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I just counted: 5 of the top 10 are foreign brands (and top sellers here). Tho GM got 3 vehicles at 1 spot.
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I just counted: 5 of the top 10 are foreign brands (and top sellers here). Tho GM got 3 vehicles at 1 spot.
The disgusting part is that no major US maker makes any 1 model completely in America.

I might actually buy a Liberty if it were 100% US. Probably not though.
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The disgusting part is that no major US maker makes any 1 model completely in America.

I might actually buy a Liberty if it were 100% US. Probably not though.
Well I dunno if possible to get 100% anymore. I dunno how the formula works exactly but if order one part preassembled from a diff country that might disqualify. Wonder what the last vehicle made that was 100% American.

I think it's disappointing how poorly they're represented on list. I don't mind some foreign products or pieces. Some countries specialize in a product and I'll buy if its the best. I'd like to see an expanded version of this list to top 25-30. Paint a broader picture.
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Well I dunno if possible to get 100% anymore. I dunno how the formula works exactly but if order one part preassembled from a diff country that might disqualify. Wonder what the last vehicle made that was 100% American.

I think it's disappointing how poorly they're represented on list. I don't mind some foreign products or pieces. Some countries specialize in a product and I'll buy if its the best. I'd like to see an expanded version of this list to top 25-30. Paint a broader picture.
Yes, that disqualifies. I have no clue when the last was, 80's? Capatalism says where there is demand, supply will soon follow.

You'd see much the same, with Kia and Hyundai joining the list.

+1 to buying the best. Germans, for instance, make better knives than us.

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