Saturday, January 28, 2012

Autos: The Domestic Industry

Here some interesting “Quick Facts” from a feature of that name provided by the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce (link). These data give us a somewhat novel view of the U.S. Auto Industry. That phrase all too frequently evokes thoughts of GM, Ford, and Chrysler…

… but in actuality nearly half (45.6%) of the domestic auto industry is run by foreign companies operating on U.S. soil. They employ American labor and purchase American supplies. The percentages are based on cars, SUVs, and light trucks produced in 2010.  No. This second half of the domestic industry is not centered on Detroit. This listing (hope I have them all) shows that most plants are in the South.

BMW, Spartanburg, SC
Honda, Anna, OH
Honda, East Liberty, OH
Honda, Greensburg, IN
Honda, Lincoln, AL
Honda, Marysville, OH
Hyundai, Montgomery, AK
Kia, West Point, GA
Mercedes-Benz, Vance, AL
Nissan, Canton, MS
Nissan, Decherd, TN
Nissan, Smyrna, TN
Subaru, Lafayette, IN
Toyota, Blue Springs, MS
Toyota, Buffalo, WV
Toyota, Georgetown, KY
Toyota, Huntsville, AL
Toyota, Princeton, IN
Toyota, San Antonio, TX
Volkswagen, New Stanton, PA
Volkswagen, Chattanooga, TN

Something to keep in mind when the press talks about the U.S. auto industry.

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