Toyota, not Detroit, tops American-Made vehicle index

Toyota, not Detroit, tops American-Made vehicle index http://tinyurl.com/2g79tkb
Domestic-Parts Content: Where the Automakers Stand http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2009/07/domestic-parts-content-and-automakers.html

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http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2009/07/domestic-parts-content-and-automakers.html
I thought one of the comments posted to the article was on target. I am quoting this below:
"The Cars.com American-Made Index provided a distorted picture to US consumers. Its research result ignored an important factor that one OEM may have a product made in US with high US contents, but in the meantime also sells the same product imported from its home country. For example, import vehicles still account for more than 40% of Toyota total US sales (see http://online.wsj.com/mdc/public/page/2_3022-autosales.html#autosalesE ). Without including this fact in the content research it provides a distorted picture to US consumers and falsely leads us to believe Toyota is a more domestic maker than GM, Ford and Chrysler."
Instead of depending on the distilled CARS.COM interpertation of the domestic content of various vehicles, you can go to a NHTSA website where you can review the doemstic content information for all models sold in the US. See: http://www.nhtsa.gov/Laws+&+Regulations/ci.Part+583+American+Automobile+Labeling+Act +(AALA)+Reports.print
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The 40% is for Toyota ONLY not all of T.M.C.. The latest report from the US Commerce Department says the percentage of imported vehicles sold in the US by "Toyota Motor Company of Japan," has gone UP from 52% in 2007 to 57% in 2009, the last year of record.
Toyota is selling more of their Toyota hybrid, small and midget cars and Lexus vehicles, that are made in Japan and fewer American assembled Camry's, because of increased demand for small and midget cars and declining Camry and Scion sales in the US.

http://www.nhtsa.gov/Laws+&+Regulations/ci.Part+583+American+Automobile+Labeling+Act +(AALA)+Reports.print
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You are confusing the north American parts content with American made parts and materials. The "North American Parts" label includes parts merely assembled in north America from imported parts and materials. Even Camry's, imported from Japan, carry the same "North American Parts" label that is on Camry's that are assembled in the US and they do not have a single part, or any material made in the US.

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He is not confused at all.
On 22/09/2010 3:30 PM, Mike wrote:

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Search the US Department of Commerce site for the truth, would be my advice. ;)

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That was my point the DELL is confusing to the average buyer and does not reflex the "US content" properly.

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