Megatron wrote:frank - up in grand blanc wrote:I didn't know that about the bikes: I too was of the understanding that someone was forging parts right here (well, there) in Detroit.
This situation brings to mind the case of domestic content laws in foreign countries and how they were addressed by the Big Three. This is going back to the mid-90s, but I understood that Venezuela had a law to this effect, and Chrysler's work-around was to ship crates filled with kit cars for assembly by the locals. In other words there was really nothing manufactured in Venezuela that was needed or appropriate, so they'd let the natives perform the final steps of assembly. A few turns of the wrench by Jose and ta-da: a Venezuelan "made" Neon.
Kind of dispiriting to read that the watches are, to my eyes, only American in terms of the leatherwork. Like, who gives a shit about the leather? The precision work re: design, engineering, and manufacturing is where I'd expect the real value to be added. Welcome to New Venezuela, boys...
They still do this. additionally there are plans to d othis in new markets as well.
They bring in Transit Connects from Turkey with rear seats and windows, they can the seats and install rear blanking panels in port. This is to get around a commercial vehicle tarrif, till you get called on it.