Monday, July 23, 2007

Trying to Define a Foreign Car Will Drive You Crazy

To: Local UAW #659 in Flint, Michigan
From: Carpe Diem Blog
RE: Parking Policy Clarification

From your
Consumer Buying Guide for 2007 Cars and Trucks on the UAW website, these 11 vehicles are built by UAW workers in the U.S. for foreign car companies:

Mazda Mazda 6
Mitsubishi Eclipse
Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
Mitsubishi Galant
Toyota Corolla
Isuzu i-Series Truck
Mazda B-series Truck
Mitsubishi Raider Truck
Toyota Tacoma Truck
Mazda Tribute SUV
Mitsubishi Endeavor SUV

Q: Do these 11 vehicles qualify as "foreign made autos" that would be towed from your lot?

From your website, these 18 vehicle are produced by UAW workers in Canada:

Buick Lacrosse
Chevrolet Impala
Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Chrysler 300
Dodge Charger
Ford Crown Victoria
Mercury Grand Marquis
Pontiac Grand Prix
Chevrolet Equinox SUV

Chrysler Pacifica SUV
Dodge Magnum SUV
Ford Edge SUV
Lincoln MKX SUV
Pontiac Torrent SUV
Suzuki XL7 SUV
Chevrolet Silverado Truck

GMC Sierra Truck
Ford Freestar Van

Q: Since Canada is a foreign country, do these 18 vehicles qualify as "foreign made autos" that would be towed from your lot?

Just wondering if you could help clarify this confusing situation of vehicle production in a global economy and parking policies that ban "foreign made autos."

Professor Perry

1 Comments:

At 7/24/2007 6:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's definitely a second meaning behind that sign. The important question to answer is whether or not the employees in the plant would feel prompted to vandalize your car if you parked it in the lot. I think of that sign more of a warning than anything else. I'd rather pay $150 for a tow truck than $500 for a broken windshield and slashed tires.

Hopefully most workers there realize the Mazda6 is assembled in Flat Rock. And hopefully most do not care that a MKZ is made by a Cannuck.

If a line supervisor parks a Mercedes G-Wagen or Toyota Supra in that lot he's going to be in for a gigantic hassle.

As an aside; do you feel it is racist if customers in America refuse to buy American made cars? There are many customers who feel that it is foolish to purchase vehicles assembled by the UAW due to perceived quality problems. Or, they simply refuse to purchase any USA-Built vehicle (that includes the likes of Camrys and Civics).

 

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