Call it the automotive equivalent of playing the race card.
Talk to potential car buyers – especially in a crowd such in the lunchroom at the office – and the subject of buying American often comes up. It can be a touchy subject, especially in Michigan, where the state’s battered economy depends so heavily on the domestic auto industry.
Just in case you don’t think this is a contentious issue, talk to the guy with the bumper sticker that says “Out of a job yet? Keep buying foreign!”
But with the globalization of the economy so prevalent, it’s hard to tell an American car from a foreign one anymore. Some would say that you simply look at the grille. If there’s a logo from a brand owned by GM, Ford or Chrysler then it’s American. But it’s really not that simple.