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Made In The USA?

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On: Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 1:51PM | By: Karen Cook

Made In The USA?

To a large portion of the population, buying American is very important. Labels are checked; if it says “China” it goes back on the shelf. We all want to help our own economy and buying locally manufactured products seems like the thing to do. When it comes to cars, that’s easier said than done. It’s not as simple as just picking a Ford or some other “American” make.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a program which requires manufacturing information to be posted on the window sticker of vehicles for sale at dealerships. They call it the American Automobile Labeling Act. Checking this information is very much like looking at a label in that new shirt you want to buy, only a little more shocking.

The window sticker will show you what percentages of parts come from which countries and where the engine and transmission came from. It also shows the final assembly point. This applies to only countries which have contributed more than 15%.

The Buick Encore shows that 53% of its parts come from Korea and another 17% from China. The Nissan Sentra is assembled in the United States, but only 16% of its parts started here. The Versa Note is 65% Mexican, including the engine, transmission, and even the final assembly. The BMW X3 and X6 have about 20% American parts.

Other countries do the same thing. Parts are pieced out to the cheapest bidders around the world. Most of Rolls-Royce’s vehicles are 70% German-made.

The world is definitely becoming smaller with international communication and product availability ever on the rise. It shouldn’t surprise us that nothing is really “homemade” anymore. This is what gives us less expensive products, but somehow it still feels a little “traitor”-ish.


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