Posted 17 February 2004 - 05:40 AM
OK, here goes.
Toyota is a worldwide company. Its stock is listed on NYSE, and it has 1000s of American owners, including me. It makes cars and car parts in the USA, Canada, the UK, France, South Africa, Australia, Indonesia, and Japan. It has major plants in Indiana, Kentucky, California, Ontario and right here in West Virginia, where it took a chance on an economically depressed area no one else would. It employs 1000s of Americans and Canadians. It is my very good neighbor.
Similar statements are available for Nissan, Mitsubisihi, and Honda.
GM is a worldwide company. It makes cars in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuella, the UK, Sweeden, France, Germany, Poland, communist Vietnam, communist China, Indonesia, Australia, and Japan. The first non-US GM car was made before WWI.
Ford is a worldwide company. It makes cars in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, communist Vietnam, communist China, Australia, and Japan. The first non-US Ford was made before WWII. The primary owners of Ford remain the Ford family, who hold to extremist politics that might, and might should, concern you.
Daimler-Chrysler is a late 90s merger between Daimler-Benz, Chrysler, and American Motors. Less than 1/2 of the stock is listed on NYSE or TSE, the majority is listed on Stuguart. It makes cars in Germany, South Africa, communist Vietnam, communist China, Finland, Mexico, Argentina, Nigeria, the USA, the UK, Canada, and Japan.
There is no such thing as an "American" car company.
Toyota Tundra trucks are assembled in Richmond, Indiana, USA from 95+% USA/Canada parts. They were 100% designed at Toyota's US design studio in Michigan. Their eventual NASCAR car, the Camry is assembled in Georgetown, Kentucky, USA and Richmond, Ontario, Canada. It is 100% designed in Michigan.
Welcome to NASCAR to this wonderful, well-run, primarially union-free, company.