Jul 10, 2017

80,000 Americans make cars for foreign automakers

Foreign automakers assemble over 50 models of cars and light trucks in the U.S., primarily for sale in North America, according to an Axios review of automaker websites. This requires nearly 80,000 American workers, not including those involved in the manufacture of parts, motorcycles, ATVs, vans, or other types of vehicles.

Why it matters: President Trump lashed out at German automakers during last month's NATO Summit, reportedly saying: "Look at the millions of cars that they're selling in the USA. Horrible. We're gonna stop that." But the reality is that many "foreign" cars Americans buy are actually being made by Americans, even if you can't immediately tell from the logo.

Data: The automakers; Chart: Chris Canipe / Axios

Correction: The original chart incorrectly listed only one model made by BMW in the U.S., whereas its South Carolina facility actually manufactures four models within its X line (and will begin manufacturing a 5th in 2019).

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