Meet The Most American Sedan: The Toyota Avalon
July 3rd, 2013 9:39 AM Share
Red Avalon – now with extra white and blue
Very few car buying decisions are guided by patriotic motivations. And the few there are, are rarely supported by hard data. Which spares us embarrassing moments. “Many of the ‘most American’ cars on dealership lots today are made by Japanese automakers,” says Edmunds. ”The most American sedan, for example, is Toyota Avalon, and the most American hatchback is Honda Crosstour.”
This is a list of the “most American cars” by segment, using – your tax dollars at work – the definition set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and that of the American Automobile Labeling Act. Under which, by the way, a car would be pure American if it is built from 100% Canadian parts.
Published July 3rd, 2013 9:39 AM
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who cares where it was simply assembled? it's the corporate, design and R &D base of origin that matters.
Also where are the parts sourced, and where are the main components like engine, trans, diff, etc made? doesn't do us much good if the Japanese or others only use their own sources.
His assumption is not really that misguided. Japan ranks well behind that of most of the developed world in female empowerement. Japanese women hold few high paying jobs, less of them work, and few of them are involved in government to fix this. "Japan placed 42nd among 75 nations, just ahead of Macedonia, in the United Nations’s Development Program’s “gender empowerment measure,” an index of female participation in a nation’s economy and politics, in 2006." "In November 2011, Kyodo reported: “The level of political empowerment of Japanese women is more than two times lower than the world average, according to a report on gender equality released the World Economic Forum in November 2011. The influence that Japanese women wield over political decision-making processes is only 7.2 percent of the level of their male counterparts, against a world average of 18.5 percent, according to the forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2011. [Source: Mainichi Japan, Kyodo, November 2, 2011] " "Japan ranks 101 out of the 135 countries covered by the report. Commenting on the low level of representation of women at the ministerial and parliamentary levels worldwide, WEF Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab said in the report, "A system where women are not represented at the highest levels is both an unequal and an inefficient system." From a more general perspective on gender equality, the forum's Gender Gap Index for 2011 put Japan in 98th position. The index includes economic, educational and health-related considerations in addition to political empowerment." I get that this site has alot of Japanese car fans. Put Japan itself is highly sexist and xenophobic. Its not even an argument. At least legally the Japanese women have rights though. It's not like Saudi Arabia where you wife is legally your property. Luckily we don't buy alot of oil from the Saudi's anymore..
Back in the early seventies, I became a parts person in a Datsun dealership. From there it was all imports. I remember the complaints and flag waving from the big three. I'm still in parts, but now with a GM dealer. More and more of our stuff comes from off shore. It doesn't make it better or worse, but to call our cars American would be a laugh. A few years ago I took a tour around the shop at the end of the day. There was a Tahoe, a Suburban, a couple of Sierras or Silverados, a Toyota Corolla, Chevy Sprint, Honda Civic, and a Tracker. I live in Canada. Guess what vehicles were built in Canada. All the ones you would have called imported. All the so-called domestic ones were built in Mexico. It's a truly changing world.