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Jeep Marks U.S. Return to Tokyo Motor Show

Brand hadn't exhibited since 2007. Detroit Three out since 2009.

by on Oct.30, 2015

Fiat Chrysler showed eight vehicles in its display at the Tokyo Motor Show: the first time it has been there in eight years.

Among the dozens of cars and concept vehicles on display at the Tokyo Motor Show this year will be eight from Fiat Chrysler. While FCA won’t be introducing anything new, its appearance at the Tokyo Big Sky convention center is nonetheless noteworthy because it marks the maker’s first appearance at the biennial show in eight years.

In fact, none of the Big Three automakers have displayed at the show since 2009, and Jeep’s been out since 2007.

The Last Word!

Detroit makers, in general, have been wary about even operating in Japan, long arguing that they’ve effectively been locked out of what Detroit makers have often argued is a “closed” market for foreign brands. (more…)

70% of Japanese Cars Sold in U.S. Now Built in North American Plants

Japanese have created 407,000 U.S. jobs, says new survey.

by on Jan.02, 2012

Honda launched production of the latest Odyssey minivan at a plant in Alabama last year.

Nearly seven in 10 of the Japanese-badged cars, trucks and crossovers sold in the U.S. last year were produced on a North American assembly line, according to a new report.

More than a quarter century after the first Japanese transplant – a Honda factory in Marysville, Ohio – went into operation more than 400,000 jobs in the U.S. have been created by the Japanese, according to a new report by the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association, or JAMA.

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And that trend could continue.  With the yen stronger than ever, manufacturers like Toyota, Nissan and Honda are steadily shifting production away from the home islands.  Within the last several months Toyota has announced plans to begin producing several product lines, including the Sienna minivan, in the U.S. for export to Korea.  They had previously been produced in Japan.

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