I used to get some guff from relatives and some friends who've been
kinda brainwashed into the all-things-foreign made are bad. Never mind
their SONY TVs, or Samsung LCD computer monitors. They'll be looking
for their next car while mine is still under warranty.
Fact is, the ratio of "basic" useful things still made in a America is
pretty high but a lot of the major consumer goods are from outside the
US, or made by non-US entities IN the US. My cousin, who's a Union
sparky, likes his Ford F-150 pick-up. That's fine and well. He's the
stereotypical "won't buy it unless it's totally made in America /
support the American economy" argument type but he's left to ponder
what it means when I tell him my Hyundai was made in Alabama or
Georgia. Does it mean it's still "foreign" if it's made here? If my
wife and I gave birth in a Japanese hospital while on vacation would
my child still be American (nope, sorry, Japanese National)?
What I personally feel is if the quality of so-called American made
cars had the same warranties as my Hyundai and could match price
points---even by a $1,000---, have the same features, etc., I would
probably be inclined to buy one. But if US car companies can't compete
that way, they'll need a new strategy and quick. There's no such thing
as a 100% totally American made car as many components and parts come
from outside the US. The only things American about "American" cars
are usually their drivers. Just my 2 cents.
- Thee Chicago Wolf