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Country of origin for parts

I was at a Ford dealer in Conn. over the weekend. I was walking through the lot and reading the stickers on the Mustangs. There were stickers to the right of the actual sticker price stating the origin of the engines and trannies. I noticed that:

1 GT engines were made in America.
2 6 cyl. pony engines were made in Germany.
3 Manual Trannies for both GT and 6 cyl. were made in Mexico.
4 Auto Trannies for both were made in France.

Does anyone know why this is?
And, are the 07's the only cars made this way, or are the 05's and 06's done this way also?

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Well, pretty much the UAW has made it more cost effective to build it overseas and ship it in.

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Welcome to the global economy. Sometimes, the part was developed by a subsidiary company in another country. It then is usurped and used company wide, but still built in the country of origin. Other times, it's just who can produce the part the cheapest.

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Most of the time, all parts are designed by the engineers working for the Autmobile's manufacturer. Then they contract a company to build to their print.

There are instances when a company already building parts for a manufacturer will get requested to design parts and build them, but its not often. Most parts have to play well with others and need to be designed wil the constraints of the mating part/conjoining part/ or the area it has to work in. So, typically things are designed together in one think tank.

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I had read somewhere that the Ford Mustang is only 35% built in America. About 65% of the parts used in the building of the car are outsourced. In the same article, it said that the Toyota Camry is almost exactly the opposite on the construction percentanges.
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Well, pretty much the UAW has made it more cost effective to build it overseas and ship it in.

Forgive me for not knowing how to put a prior post in quotes.


Kyle, You made the statement above about the UAW "made it cost effective to build it overseas". I am a union man and do not want to get into a union vs. non-union discussion, Although I will if you want to.

My question to you is this. Did the UAW make it cost effective or did the .50 cents an hour of the Mexican worker make it possible?

The way I see it, an awful lot of these UAW jobs are dissapearing in favor of building in Mexico. But the price has not come down on the vehicle, as a matter of fact, the price has risen. This leads me to only one conclusion, GREEDY AUTO COMAPANIES.
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