Japanese automakers increase American investments

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by rob, Oct 19, 2009.

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    rob Guest

    Japanese automakers increase American investments
    Publish date: Oct 16, 2009
    Source: Motor Age

    Japanese automakers increased investment in the U.S. by more than $1 billion
    in 2008 to a total of $33.67 billion, according to a new report,
    "Contributing to the Future of the American Automobile Industry," published
    by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).
    "Our members are continuing to invest, research and build in order to
    provide the high quality, environmentally friendly vehicles their consumers
    demand," says William C. Duncan, JAMA USA general director. "We continue to
    focus our production in North America, where we still make nearly two-thirds
    of the cars and trucks we sell in the U.S."

    The total investment in the U.S. of nearly $34 billion includes 31 vehicle,
    engine and parts manufacturing plants and 34 major R&D and design
    facilities. This financial commitment is a significant contribution to local
    economies, according to the report.

    The number of American employees devoted to research increased by 6 percent
    between 2007 and 2008, a number now approaching 4,000 people. Nevertheless,
    the recession has taken a toll on employment. The total number of employees,
    including those at manufacturing plants, dealerships and research
    facilities, fell from 424,883 at the end of 2007 to 392,635 at the end of

    Japanese automakers produced 62 percent of their total U.S. sales from their
    North American plants. In 2008, 2.97 million vehicles were produced in the

    The annual JAMA report also provides information about JAMA members'
    environmental contributions in the U.S., including photographs of
    next-generation vehicles: fuel cell vehicles; hydrogen vehicles; electric
    vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

    To obtain a copy of the report, go to www.jama.org.
    rob, Oct 19, 2009
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    MoPar Man Guest

    How many plants does GM, Ford, Chrysler, BMW, Daimler, Volkswagon
    operate in Japan? How many Japanese are employed by those operations?
    MoPar Man, Oct 19, 2009
  3. That's really part of the problem. The Japanese automakers set up
    plants and design studios here, and started making cars Americans
    want. The US auto makers just tried exporting American cars to Japan,
    and that didn't work.
    erschroedinger, Oct 19, 2009
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    Brian Priebe Guest

    And didn't they insult the Japanese consumer by offering left-hand
    drive cars in a right-hand drive country?
    Brian Priebe, Oct 21, 2009
  5. And then moan about anti-US trade restrictions?


    To send an e-mail directly replace "spam" with "schmetterling"
    Dori A Schmetterling, Oct 21, 2009
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    tj Frazir Guest

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