Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
I was Shop Foreman in a Mazda dealer's service department, dealt with problem cars, was a point of contact for their Tech Line.
One day we had a customer with a Mazda Navaho. Which was really Ford Explorer Sport.
He was telling me how much he enjoyed the vehicle, and made a point of how he was glad he bought a Japanese-made vehicle instead of a US-made vehicle.
So that it wouldnt come out later, I told him the Navaho is a Ford vehicle, produced in a joint venture with Mazda, made here in the US.. He came within an inch of calling me a liar,so...I showed him the VIN decal on the latch end of the driver's door. The words printed at the bottom of the Decal read.."Product of Ford Motor Company USA."
He looked at me like I just shot his dog and raped his mom. I pulled his car out of my stall, parked it on the lot, and I never saw him of that Navaho again.
I remember seeing some gal with a brand-new Dodge Caravan on the evening news crowing about how she felt cheated. She thought she was buying a Dodge made in a local assembly plant here in St. Louis, but infact the van was made in Canada!! The horrors!!!
I guess it all comes down to what's important to you in your purchases. The salesman that sold me my '19 Mazda CX-5 traded his personal '16 Mazda3 in on new '18 3 because the '19 US-market 3s are now all made in Mexico, not Japan.
I taught auto tech in addition to my duties at the Mazda dealership. I took my class to the Chrysler assembly plant for a field trip. Our tour guide wasted no time in beating his chest about how their vehicles were far better than the Japanese junk on the market(his words. We were warned not to park any imported cars on the lot--they couldnt promise against possible vandalism). I asked him about all the Mitsubishi engines I saw being installed on the assembly line, and how all the machinery had names like "Ryobi" and Niichi-Ra". He went into a 3 minute red-faced rant about trade practices, but never did answer my question.
I prefer that my vehicles are produced in the manufacturer's home country. But at the same time, I realize it's a global economy.