Take a look at a Ford Assembly Plant in Brazil,
that will never be built in the US. Why ?
The UAW won't allow it.
I can't find information on how many DIFFERENT firewalls any of the big three make. Some time ago I read that Nissan (or Toyota) made three for all their models; if they needed a the firewall to be smaller it was designed to be cut to fit a smaller model; if it needed to go into a right-hand drive model it was flipped around. All the wiring and other parts (gas pedal, brake and/if clutch) went through the same holes no matter where the firewall was installed. Take the person off the Sentra (or Tercel) assembly line and (s)he could work on any other model with little or no retraining. Not so with Ford (57-??? different firewalls), or GM's (32-??? different firewalls) or Chrysler (??? different firewalls). Assemblers on any one of the big three wouldn't know how to work on any other model other than the one they were trained to work on. So they probably have a design team for each model and apparently don't work together to streamline the assembly process to be compatible (cost efficient) between models.
No one is asking the relevant or hard question to the CEO's of the big three begging for money to continue their unsustainable business practices.
Can anybody confirm my facts and figures? I don't want to spout misinformation to my congressperson or any one else.