At Witz’ End: What’s an American Car? Page 3

February 27, 2007

2007 Ford Fusion

“Is it more important to the U.S. economy for someone to buy a Ford Fusion, although it’s built in Mexico, from a company that employs 105,000 Americans,” Doyle asks, “than a Honda built in Ohio from a company that employs 27,000? Domestic makers also purchase nearly 80 percent of the parts made here, and domestic vehicles average 76 percent U.S. content vs. 48 percent for U.S.-built imports. That represents billions of dollars in spending.”

 

No, an “American” car or truck is one built by a U.S.-based company that supports primarily U.S. jobs and the U.S. economy, regardless of its parts content and especially its point of assembly.

 

And should Americans buy “American” out of patriotism. No, but they should carefully consider U.S.-brand vehicles — now that most are competitive or better in design, engineering, quality, and fuel economy — out of their own economic self-interest. Because whatever business they are in, every time “Detroit” and its struggling U.S. auto suppliers shed another 10,000, or 20,000, or 30,000 American workers, that multiplies to hundreds of thousands who can no longer afford whatever goods or services their own employers sell.

 

Think about it.

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