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Toyota-Mazda factory to be built in Alabama, creating 4,000 jobs

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I wonder when Ford, GM and Chrysler will be opening plants in Japan, employing thousands of Japanese?

Japanese car companies employ about 1.5 million Americans. It’s time to demand “fair trade” and force American companies to open factories to reduce this unfair “employment deficit.”

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@domtol:

You give very fair recommendation but American car makers never liked to create factories in Japan. The reason is they know they have to create cars right side handled in Japan. They exported in 1950 and they had some sales but they were stubborn. They just could not think to create right side handled cars for Japanese roads. Japanese car makers in USA manufacture left side handle cars in USA. But American car makers are doing fine in China.

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@domtoidi

I wonder when Ford, GM and Chrysler will be opening plants in Japan, employing thousands of Japanese?

Why would they? Japanese hardly ever buy American brand cars.

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Toshiko: It was a joke, because we know all those things about why the US has no market share in Japan.

@Samit Basu: Japanese don’t buy because US cars are not localized at all for the Japanese design sense. Japanese carmakers are successful in the US because they design and build cars for American customers in America. A Toyota built in the US is nothing like the same model in Japan.

If Nissan went to the US 50 years ago and tried to sell Japanese cars with the steering wheel on the right, the radio with different frequency than US radios, the speedometer only in km/hr and all of the dashboard controls in Japanese, no one would have bought them.

But US companies expected Japanese to buy American cars built for America.

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The reason is they know they have to create cars right side handled in Japan.

I don't think that's the reason. Ford is the biggest seller of cars in the UK. All right hand drive, all made in factories in Europe.

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If Nissan went to the US 50 years ago and tried to sell Japanese cars with....the speedometer only in km/hr 

So what? Nissan cars specs have always been metric. The US auto industry has long used standard (inches), Nissan was never required to switch to the US standard in order to sell cars in the US. Indeed, the American industry was compelled to accomodate Japan's differing specs, including dealers and others having to switch over to metric tools. That's what happens in a free and open market.

"....the steering wheel on the right,"

GM's former country manager told me about half their Japanese customers request RHD vehicles. GM offers them both, depending on the model. If GM didnt do that, they'd be accused by people like you that US makers dont try to adopt to the Japanese market.

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What a strange post. Do you not understand that Americans wouldn’t have bought those cars? Did you not know that GM didn’t offer RHD cars for 40 years?

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Trump will tax heavily if made in Mexico Toyota and Mazda car is imported in USA. So Alabama was chosen. I think unskilled laborers get only $40 an hour in auto plants in Alabama. Maybe cheap but there will be noo UFW funds to pay.

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Nissan created factory in Tennessee and Toyota in Kentucky after Japan and USA signed a mutual security treaty. That was more than 50 years ago. It is different now. Those car makers are invited to create car factories in other countries, then car makers create car roads first. They never tried to sell golf carts, but some American car makers did to an oil rich country that is going to make female driving.

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Roll Tide Alabama!!!

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@Ko:

Alabama has been Capitol of US automakers quite a while. It's Mercedes is popular in western states.

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