So What is an American Car, Anyway?

       Years ago, my wife Kathy ran for a school board position.  For the campaign, we had signs printed soliciting support for her in the election.   To better spread the word, we put signs in the side rear windows of our cars. I parked in the parking lot of a grocery store, and as I left my car, an older man walked up to me an pointed at the sign.  “I won’t vote for her,” he said firmly.  “Why is that?” I asked.  His response was very simply, “The Japanese attacked us in Pearl Harbor.  I’ll never forgive them for that.”   I told him that the Toyota was more American than any Ford, GM, or Chrysler.  But he apparently didn’t want to hear that, and walked away.

       Yesterday, I read an article in USA Today about that exact topic.  It had a listing from of the 10 “Most American” 2011 cars, based on the percentage of US-made parts and how many are sold to US buyers (the numbers in parentheses are the percentages of parts made in the USA): 

  1. Toyota Camry – 80%
  2. Honda Accord – 80%
  3. Chevrolet Malibu – 75%
  4. Ford Explorer – 85%
  5. Honda Odyssey – 75%
  6. Toyota Sienna – 75%
  7. Jeep Wrangler – 78%
  8. Chevrolet Traverse – 75%
  9. Toyota Tundra – 80%
  10. GMC Acadia – 75%

       So years later, I find out that I was right…

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RandolphMase, Fiction Writer

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

Nathan Hale



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