My point is:
Mike the world is much more integrated than your little outdated view of
it tells you and this flow of parts around the world has been going on
for a long time.
-When the big 2.5 buy parts from Delphi it is very likely they are
imported. Delphi import most of their parts. As of the Chapter 11
filing last April Delphi employed 32,000 UAW and other union workers in
the USA plus 115,000-worker foreign factories, many of which operate in
low-wage countries such as Mexico and China.
-Toyota builds engines in the USA, but Chrysler imports the 2.7L V6 from
-In 1980 I removed a damaged wheel rim from my Chrysler Horizon and
noticed it was made in Mexico. That was the Chrysler car using a VW
engine made in Germany.
-Last summer I replaced the blower resistor in my wife's Sebring. The
old resistor was made in Mexico, the replacement in Slovenia.
-Car carrying ships returning to Asia return with NA parts. Here we
have a major Al wheel factory. They ship wheels to Japan and Korea on
the returning car carrying ships.
You need to read more and become up to date:
Vehicles produced by companies other than the North
American Big 3 currently account for about 44% of North American sales.
However, many of the major foreign automobile companies now provide the
bulk of their North American sales from their production facilities on
this continent. As a result, imports account for only 20% of sales of
light vehicles in the United States and just under 25% in Canada.
U.S. imports of motor vehicle parts are quite diversified with about 50%
coming from overseas markets. At the end of the 1990s, Mexico surpassed
Canada as a supplier of parts to the U.S. market. U.S. parts imports
from China have just recently become important, and they are growing
rapidly. U.S. imports of car parts from Japan have been flat, while the
purchases of U.S.-made parts by the Japanese ³transplants² has soared,
reflecting the fact that Japanese suppliers followed the Japanese
assemblers in setting up operations in North America. Canada imports
parts almost exclusively from the United States, although one should
recognize that some of these parts may be originating overseas, but are
landing first in the U.S. before being shipped to Canada.
U.S. parts imports from China have just recently become important, and they
And this is what scares the heck out of me. How are the auto makers going to
keep the counterfeit parts made in unauthorized factories out of their cars.
If I had the opportunity to bet on this I would wager every last bit of my
assets that this is going to become a MAJOR problem for Chinese sourced
U.S. imports of car parts from Japan have been flat, while the
Don't be fooled by that, Japanese companies assembling in the US and Canada
buy the majority of the part from other Japanese companies operating in the
US. The parts they buy from them are preassembled over seas and completed
in the US or Canada so the parts can be labeled made in the US and Canada.
I E Nippon steel which comes into the US by the boat load, Bridgestone
tires, Desno Globe parts etc. they do it to take advantage of Japanese tax
laws that permit them to take profit out of the US federal tax free.
One reason there are far few Japanese brands made or sold in Europe is the
tax laws their are not so lenient. The must pay the Value added tax on all
the profit they earn in Europe and do not get the capital return tax back in
Japan for exporting or making cars and trucks outside of Japan, like they do
on earning brought back to Japan from the US.
On Mon, 12 Feb 2007 22:04:23 +0000, Double Tap got out the hammer and
chisel and etched in the wall:
Of course, since you top-posted, you completely lost your argument on
whatever it was.
But then, since you're using Windows, I guess that can't be helped.
Here - at least replace Virus Express with something halfway (for a
Wintendo program) decent:
I've used all of the above when forced to downgrade to Wintendo.
Or Korean in the case of GM's bottom end cars.
From the cripple Korean company GM picked up on the bankruptcy trash
I looked at two of them when they first came out, obviously very
inferior construction, just from a quick external look.
The cars GM sells that are made in Korea are Suzuki's, no Korean designs.
They made in the former Daewoo factories GM acquired.. They are similar in
size to all the Japanese cars that are imported into the US, by Toyota,
= Firestone in the USA. Doesn't Firestone manufacture in the USA
Personally I don't care. I've had Firestone tires twice on new cars and
they were the tires I've ever had. So bad I had to trash them very
early in their expected life.
As long as there are much better buys than the Smart, such as the Toyota
Yaris, DC will not make money on the Smart.
The Smart is inadequate as a single car for two people. Two people
can't even do their weekly grocery shopping with it.
As a second car for commuting it's OK, but many would find public
In Canada it did sell quite well in the first year, but it's been
obvious many sales Iprobably most) were commercial.
I had to go to the Buick zone representative a few years ago when I
a dealership that couldnt seem to repair the serious problem, wasnt
and wouldnt listen.
After 5-6 visits to the dealership, with the service manager telling me he
find the problem if is it intermittent, I asked him to let me ride with the
and I would show him what was happening. No dice.
Then I asked if he had checked TSBs on this car. He said he had.
As soon as I called the rep, he knew immediately what was wrong, said that
a bulletin had been issued, and contacted the dealership.
Within minutes the service manager called me, all upset, asking why I called
zone, that it could get them in trouble. Tough shit!
The owner called me and apologized.
Yes, the manufacturer can demand quality if they want to.
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