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Japanese Celebrate 35 Years of Manufacturing in the U.S.

Posted November 14, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl

There was a time when buying an import, particularly a Japanese import, was seen as an affront to American workers. But since the early 1980s, Japanese automakers have become a significant force in American manufacturing, each year employing more and more Americans not only on the factory floor, but also in engineering, design, sales, marketing, distribution—just about any facet of the car business you can imagine. Chances are pretty high that buying a Japanese car today means buying a car made by American workers.

To collectors, that means there’s also a growing chance that, as long-lasting Japanese cars stop being used cars and enter the collectible/vintage market, more and more of them will have been created at these so-called “transplant” factories. Lest you think this notion sounds far off in the future, at the Bonhams Amelia Island auction this past March, the company sold an amazingly well-kept 1990 Toyota pickup truck. (Really, it was perfect—you should have seen it!) Expect to see more of that action.

What was once offensive to American workers and unions is now welcome competition that has made products better and less expensive.

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11/14/2017 12:40 PM

Not all USA & Japanese efforts lasted -- GM & NUMMI, Fremont, CA -- which manufactured the GM / Pontiac Vibes between 2003 and 2009.

When GM couldn't build a co$t-effective small car, they rebadged Japanese imports, which was a Toyota Matrix in the case of the Pontiac Vibe.

More recently, GM used the South Korean Daewoo Lascetti Premium as the basis for the original 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, eventually buying the Daewoo design company.

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11/15/2017 10:57 AM

Interesting thing about the Toyota pickup is that the fuel economy between a 1990 model and a 2017 model is an EPA estimate of 2 miles per gallon.

Whereas the average cost per gallon of gasoline in 1990 was $ 1.25, in 2017 it is $ 2.85

Which means it is cheaper to operate a 1990 Toyota in 2017 than it is to operate a 2017 Toyota in 2017.

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