Are you really buying American?

An online tool from the New York Times shows where cars are assembled.

New York Times online tool
An online tool from the New York Times shows where new cars are assembled. New York Times

GM and Chrysler's troubles seem to have quieted the crowd that consistently suggests buying anything other than American cars is not patriotic, at least temporarily, but a new tool put online by the New York Times shows the concept of an American car is muddy, at best. Your truck may sport a bow-tie, but that doesn't mean it wasn't built in Mexico. And although your sedan's hood might be adorned with a stylized T, its major parts and final assembly may have as little to do with Japan as Texas barbecue.

The New York Times' tool shows which car models are assembled in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. In addition for U.S. assembled cars, it shows where the engines and transmissions were built, and whether the factory uses union labor.

The impulse to buy American has gotten a lot more complicated than it used to be.

(Source: New York Times via Autoblog)

About the author

Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.


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