QOTD: Do You Care Where Your Car Is Built?

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain
qotd do you care where your car is built

Americans who take possession of a new Jaguar E-Pace can check their VIN to see that the subcompact luxury crossover was assembled in Austria. Each of the 36,813 Buick Envisions sold in the United States through June were imported from China. The Ford Fusion comes from Hermosillo, Mexico; the Honda Accord comes from Marysville, Ohio.

BMW builds SUVs in South Carolina. Mercedes-Benz builds cars and SUVs in Alabama. Volkswagen builds the Atlas and Passat in Tennessee. The Toyota Camry is built in Kentucky, although there’ll be a handful of new 2018 models coming all the way from Japan.

The global automotive market has spoken. “A lot of consumers have no idea where their cars are built,” Renault’s Francois Mariotte tells AutoExpress. Perhaps there are customers who struggle with the notion of German cars being assembled in Mexico, for example, but as Renault’s Mariotte says: “The quality of the car is never determined by the country it’s built in. It’s determined by the processes we put into the factory.”

But do you care where your next new vehicle is assembled?

It’s a reasonable question. If you’re building a new home, you want to know more about the builder’s reputation. If you’re compiling an Olympic basketball team, you need to see proof of citizenship. People certainly like to know if their gourmet burger’s beef is local or not.

So when it comes to cars, do you need your Volvo hails from Sweden, or is a South Carolina facility worthy? Would you choose the Audi Q7 over the BMW X5 in order to get the full European experience, even though the Q7 is built in Slovakia, not Germany? Is the Chevrolet Camaro more appealing to you now that it’s assembled in Michigan, instead of Canada?

Do you care where your car is built?

[Images: Toyota, BMW]

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Truth About Cars and Autofocus.ca and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.net. Follow on Twitter @timcaincars.

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  • Rengaw Rengaw on Jul 27, 2017

    I want the money I pay for a vehicle to be a reward and an encouragement to those who made it. I don't care where it comes from. To promote the best craftsmanship will have other manufacturers following suit. To purchase less than a stellar product is to encourage craftsmanship in the wrong direction.

  • Mchan1 Mchan1 on Jul 27, 2017

    Where the vehicle is built as in assembled? Not really. Business is now conducted internationally so you have parts made outside and inside the U.S. If it's assembled in the U.S., great.. more jobs for Americans. As long as the vehicle is reliable and affordable, that's really what many people think and want.

  • Tassos And all 3 were ordered by Fisker's mother. Seriously, given Fisker's terrible record of Failure in the past, only an utter loser, (for example, VGhost or Art Vandelay?), looking for a BEV terrible enough to be a proper replacement of his 11 mile range Fiat 500E, would order one of these. (apart from Fisker's mother)
  • Tassos And all 3 of them were ordered by Fisker's mother.Seriously, after Fisker's DISMAL record of UTTER FAILURE in the past, only a GOD DAMNED MORON would order this one.
  • RHD Any truth to the unconfirmed rumor that the new, larger model will be called the bZ6X? We could surmise that with a generous back seat it certainly should be!
  • Damon Thomas Adding to the POSITIVES... It's a pretty fun car to mod
  • GregLocock Two adjacent states in Australia have different attitudes to roadworthy inspections. In NSW they are annual. In Victoria they only occur at change of ownership. As you'd expect this leads to many people in Vic keeping their old car.So if the worrywarts are correct Victoria's roads would be full of beaten up cars and so have a high accident rate compared with NSW. Oh well, the stats don't agree.https://www.lhd.com.au/lhd-insights/australian-road-death-statistics/