San Francisco Photo: How Many of These Parked Cars were Made in America?

Out of the more than two dozen vehicles (there are others around the corner where the street goes left) parked on this bricked-up San Francisco street, how many were made in the United States?

(Careful, it’s a trick!)

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The answer: Zero percent. What about that big old Chrysler Town & Country minivan you say? Ooops, it was made in Canada, eh.

Hey, did you know that Canada is considered to be part of the United States when determining the “domestic” content of cars? Let’s see what U.S. Code TITLE 49 > SUBTITLE VI > PART C > CHAPTER 323 > § 32304 Passenger motor vehicle country of origin ­labeling has to say:

“6. ‘foreign content’ means passenger motor vehicle equipment that is not of United States/Canadian origin.”

It’s like Canada is the 51st State of America, or something. How convenient.

But hey, what aboot Mexico, eh? They make cars too? Yes, but no matter, Mexicans are foreigners and Canadians are Americans, under da law.

But what about Buying Local, isn’t belief in the wisdom of buying local a kind of San Francisco religion or something?

Well, yes it is a kind of religion, but it doesn’t apply to vehicles, manifestly. San Franciscans’ vehicles need to come from far-off locations like the Black Forest or Scandinavia or Toyota City.

But what about supporting unions, are these cars union-made? Well, the German ones most likely are, some other ones aren’t and the Japanese ones are made by so-called “union” workers.

All right, here’s your bonus question. Which vehicle is most likely to be on the road in 30 years? The Land Cruiser of course. It’s 100% made in Japan and the fact that it wasn’t in-style when it was made means that it won’t go out of style in the coming years.

This concludes San Francisco Photo: How Many of These Parked Cars were Made in America?

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