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Old 07-04-2012, 09:16 AM
 
Location: White House, TN
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Happy 4th of July!!!

Is my 2008 Honda Accord an American car or not? It's a Japanese brand, but the car was built in Marysville, Ohio.

Similarly, is a Ford/GM/Dodge built in Mexico an American car or not? American brand, built in Mexico.

I guess the real question is: What determines an American car? Place it's built, or place the company's from?
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Not quite American, not quite Un-American.

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Old 07-04-2012, 09:43 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Your Accord was made by good, hard working American labor that is responsible for the quality of work they do, unlike the overpaid, under motivated, greedy, inept slugs protected by the UAW.

Personally I will NEVER buy another Detroit model, but the only ones I would POSSIBLY consider are those made in Mexico. The workers in Mexico do a great job assembling what they have to work with.
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Union bashing makes workers sad. Making workers sad is Un-American.

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Old 07-04-2012, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I would say a 2008 Accord is still a Japanese car, whether it's built in America, or Europe, Japan, or elsewhere. There's more to it than just the factory location.

For instance, in the 1950s/ 60s Chrysler had a factory in Antwerp building full-size Dodges/Plymouths. I would say these cars were still American rather than Belgian just because they were built there.


The first generation Mustang was also built in Venezuela, but that doesn't make it any more Venezuelan than American. Mercedes builds GL, R and M classes in Alabama, but they are still German. Jeep Cherokees/Grand Cherokees were built in Argentina, Austria, and China, but are definitely American products. The design philosophy counts a lot, although this is a bit blurred for many modern cars.
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Old 07-04-2012, 03:11 PM
 
Location: WA
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Based upon the origin of content and assembly location the car that is most American is the Camry; and the Accord is certainly American by that measure. I consider my Sonata almost American, assembled in Alabama with 40% American content. There are cars with American labels that are built in another country with less than 50% American content. It is more complicated than it used to be... take many Apple products, designed and sold here but assembled in Asia with non-American components... is it an American product?
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Old 07-04-2012, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Based upon the origin of content and assembly location the car that is most American is the Camry; and the Accord is certainly American by that measure. I consider my Sonata almost American, assembled in Alabama with 40% American content. There are cars with American labels that are built in another country with less than 50% American content. It is more complicated than it used to be... take many Apple products, designed and sold here but assembled in Asia with non-American components... is it an American product?
How about Chrysler products? Chrysler 300C SRT8... owned by an Italian company, manufactured in Canada with a German transmission and Mexican engine. As Italian as Olive Garden, as Mexican as Taco Bell... and yet, as American as apple pie.
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Old 07-04-2012, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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I could care less. I just want to but a 2008 Honda Accord EX-L model with under 50k miles for under $16k with a clean history.

Basically if it is garaged here in the US limits it is an American car to me. We are talking about cars not people.
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Old 07-04-2012, 05:04 PM
 
Location: USA
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Being primarily in the Automotive industry in the 90's for both American and Foreign companies I look at it with a little more depth. You can buy a vehicle that was mostly manufactured here in the the US that is assembled by Americans but most of the Engineers, designers and the management controlling things are in Germany and Japan for those makes. The money is also funnelled back to those countries as well. GM alone employs more American Engineers and designers than all of the Import brands combined. Typically the highest end and most profitable vehicles are still manufactured in the Foreign brands home country.
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Old 07-04-2012, 05:20 PM
 
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Fire in the hole! American to me is a company that does not require monumental government intervention to survive.

The Accord is American as apple pie.
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