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    WASHINGTON (AP) - After a long romance with foreign rivals, America's love affair with the automobile is returning to its roots with a revived affection for U.S.-made cars.

    Slightly more Americans now say the United States makes better-quality vehicles than Asia does, with 38 percent saying U.S. cars are best and 33 percent preferring autos made by Asian companies, according to an Associated Press-GfK Poll.

    The survey suggests those numbers are largely fueled by a plunge in Toyota's reputation and an upsurge in Ford's. The poll was conducted in March, as Toyota was being roiled by nightmarish publicity over its recall of more than 8 million vehicles around the globe and allegations that it responded sluggishly to safety concerns.

    Though the U.S. advantage is modest, it marks a significant turnabout for American automakers battered by recession and relentless competition from foreign manufacturers. When the same question was asked in a December 2006 AP-AOL poll, 46 percent said Asian countries made superior cars, while just 29 percent preferred American vehicles, reflecting a perception of U.S. automotive inferiority that began taking hold about three decades ago.
    Read more: http://apnews.excite.com/article/201...D9F7D47G0.html


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    Our American friends do know that "American" cars aren't actually "American", right?

    Parts are manufactured across the globe and assembled in North America. Ontario, Canada alone has major assembly plants for every major "American" car company. So those cars aren't actually "American", they're Mexican, Canadian, and European, etc.

    You guys do know this, right? There's no such thing as "domestic" anymore.

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    Obviously, but you know what they mean.

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    Well I do know what they mean, but it's a perception thing, not an actual thing. Firstly, because there isn't a "domestic" versus "foreign" debate anymore. Back in the '80s, sure, but not now. Doesn't exist. Second, it's only because Toyota has been in the news lately for some recalls. If the numbers are crunched though, these problems are statistically almost non-existent. Yet it gets all the bad press because it's hyped. Statistically, Toyota cars, for example, are far superior quality than, say, GM. That is fact. GM won't say that, they are keeping quiet obviously, since they got ripped for their massive bailout to American taxpayers last year. And yes, is that now forgotten?

    Bait and switch, perhaps?

    Naw....."American" cars are not better quality than "Imported/Foreign". Anyone who knows anything about cars will tell ya that.


    Ok, that's my rant for the day! LOL.

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    thats all i have to say.

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    I was born and raised in Illinois and Arizona. I didn't leave the US until I was 26. Until that time, I had an unfaltering belief in American cars and trucks being the best. Nowadays, at 34, I realize what a damned idiot I was. I now live in a country where every car is an import. The market here is based on reliability and safety; doesn't matter who made the car. The market is saturated by Mercedes and BMW as everyday drivers, not overpriced status symbols. Ford can't market its US models here thanks to tighter restrictions; it uses its european variants. Dodge doesn't exist. And GM is a rarity. To be honest, 'american' autos are the cheap plastic crap in this market, like 'foreign' autos were in the US. It's mirror opposites.

    PS, automatic transmissions need not apply. 95% of all vehicles are stick.

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    I'm glad I own a Ford right now. I could have wound up with a Japanese car, not that I don't like them, but I had known Ford's quality has been going up year by year. On top of the fact that the Fusion is an amazing car.

    While GM and Dodge/Chrysler are crap, it's good to see that Ford is looking good.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skyguy View Post
    Our American friends do know that "American" cars aren't actually "American", right?

    Parts are manufactured across the globe and assembled in North America. Ontario, Canada alone has major assembly plants for every major "American" car company. So those cars aren't actually "American", they're Mexican, Canadian, and European, etc.

    You guys do know this, right? There's no such thing as "domestic" anymore.
    And you do realize that most Japanese cars are not entirely made in Japan as well, right? Or even made with 100% Japanese parts.

    My dad used to work as a sales manager for a Toyota dealer in NY, and he knew the parts weren't all made in Japan. Some parts were made in Mexico, and the US. I'm sure other countries were involved in the process, but no car is completely made direct in that country. There are very few exceptions these days.
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    In related news...

    Camry blew up while driving in China.

    Video link : http://v.youku.com/v...Y2NzY5OTY0.html

    Police announced that the explosion of hydraulic pressurizing pump was the likely cause.

    This is sending a shockwave in Japan as symbol of collapsing Japanese quality.







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    what the hell is a hydraulic pressurzing pump? almost looks like a side airbag blew.. but that doesnt make up for the rest of the damage... don't forget i have seen ford parts made in poland and germany... mexico.. and now they are starting to use P.R.C (people's repulic of china) on boxes because it sounds better.. then "made in china"

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