Sure, you have American car companies, German car companies, Japanese car companies, and so on and so forth. These determinations are based pretty much on where auto manufacturers are headquartered, but when you get right down to it, are the labels really accurate?

One would assume that when he/she buys an American car, that car was more or less manufactured in America, with American parts. And the same would go for German, Japanese, etc nameplates. This is simply not so in a lot of cases.

For example, according to the Internet Auto Guide, Toyota, a Japanese nameplate, uses mostly American-built parts in its models. In fact, they use more American parts than any of the American manufacturers -Ford, Dodge, and Chevrolet included. Some of those Toyota models are also assembled in the United States.

The AIG site recently published a list of the seven cars with the most American parts under the hood. Granted, the top two were models from American manufacturers - the Dodge Avenger and the Chrysler 200 - but, according to the report, Toyota uses more American parts, across the board, than any of the so-called American manufacturers. Their models ranked third (Camry) and fourth (Avalon) on the list. These two vehicles not only used American parts, but are also built in the U.S. at a facility in Georgetown, KY. In a sense, aren’t these really American cars then?

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Another foreign manufacturer, Honda, crept into the countdown in the fifth spot with its Accord. American car giant, General Motors, rounded out the rankings with its Chevrolet Impala in sixth place and the Cadillac DTS in seventh.

Americans are urged to "buy American" to keep jobs in America and attempt to keep the American economy strong, but that’s hard to do when it comes to transportation. With some cars carrying foreign nameplates, but also being assembled in the United States with U.S. parts and so many American auto manufacturers using foreign parts and assembling their cars on foreign assembly lines, is there really an American car anymore?

In today’s global economy maybe automobiles shouldn’t even have a country designation. When you get right down to it, most cars on the road come from a variety of countries. One would be hard pressed to find a vehicle with all its parts manufactured and assembled in a single country.

Source: Internet Auto Guide

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  (410) posted on 05.4.2011

@Dave_Barney, I agree with you. And I don’t think that this would be a big issue since most of Americans want to drive those Japanese cars too. BTW, it’s true that there are other country that tries to make their own brand. As a matter of fact India is the second largest automaker last year and some says that they are dethroning the Japanese market.

  (444) posted on 05.4.2011

What you said was true. I mean people wants a car that has a powerful and reliable engine. And buyers never satisfy mostly those who have the money that’s why they are trying the different brand from German, Italian, Japanese and American cars!

  (412) posted on 04.27.2011

Somehow, I don’t see the point of arguing that Americans should only buy cars made with American parts. That one seems a bit too naive and childish.

  (683) posted on 04.26.2011

Actually, as of now, there are only two countries were most car parts come from, either the States or Japan. But other countries are also starting to gain larger market shares for these parts.

  (446) posted on 04.25.2011

Well, not all but most of the foreign cars uses American parts. I have heard that some country like India and Korean tries to make their own parts.

  (402) posted on 04.25.2011

Well, I don’t think that foreign cars that uses Americans part would inclined in the growth of the economy, its just a proof that American cars has a better quality that the other manufacturer.

  (797) posted on 04.25.2011

So, what’s the big deal with this one? It’s not like that you are going to disassemble the whole car just to check that each and every part is American made. That one is just plain ridiculous.

  (868) posted on 04.21.2011

In addition to being built here, the Camry and Avalon were both designed at Toyota’s American design facility in California. Another interesting fact not mentioned in the article is that Toyota builds approximately 1.7 million vehicles in the US annually, more than Ford, GM, and Chrysler combined.

  (4) posted on 04.21.2011

Cars are there to serve a purpose. That purpose is transport. There needs not to be any focus on where the car is built or produced or purchased because all the firms have a global market share. So jobs will not be created or lost in any country because of where you buy your car. Each geography is just a small part of the jigsaw for the huge carmakers. This artcile would have been more appropriate had it been written 20 years ago.

  (8) posted on 04.21.2011

Almost every major carmaker in the world in an international company. Therefore the focus isn’t on their heritage. It is about satisfying the mass-market, so all cars have very similar attributes in order to be as efficient as possible.

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