2001 Camaro Z28
:werd:But closed the gap? How about erased the gap and possibly surpassed?
My feelings exactlyAmerican made or American owned? You can buy Nissans built in Tennessee and Aveos built in Korea....
IMO the lines are very blurred. Buy what makes the most sense to you and your wallet...let the car companies fight for your business by making great products!!!
I personally prefer to buy something made here by Americans, irrespective of where the company's HQ is located.
The place where a car is built is a very MINOR part of the cost for a car.
Assembly costs are around $600-$1000 per car.
Sure, profits aren't the biggest piece of the pie either at between $1000 and $8000 depending on the vehicle.
What matters most is the parts to build the car.
More than research, more than development, more than anything else by far.
The vast majority of the cost of a car is its physical PARTS.
Domesitc manufacturers average 75-80% domestic content.
Foreign manufacturers average 20-25% domestic content.
A domestic car built outside the US still benefits the US economy way way WAY more than a foreign car built in the US.