Get That Damn Toyota Out Of Texas, Son

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From Reddit (via the Bayou Blog) comes this note, apparently left on a car parked at the AMC Gulf Pointe 30 on the Gulf Freeway.

We thought Toyota had a bunch of U.S. plants, but we bow to this writer's more sophisticated understanding of the subtleties of world economics.

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11801 S. Sam Houston Parkway E, Houston, TX

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Modern Wheels
Modern Wheels

they are giving jobs to local and paying taxes and things like these and yes profits goes to company but company have some share holders in america as ell i think :-)

Sancho
Sancho

I drive a Toyota truck that was assembled right here in Texas, and it's quality is head and shoulders above either the GM or the Dodge trucks that I drove previously that were both 'Hecho en Mexico'.  I wouldn't trade my Toyota for any 'domestic' truck since it's actually more domestic than any of the other trucks out there.

HC
HC

I would buy American cars if American cars weren't pieces of crap in the past few years.  My grandpa's 82 Ford is still running and actually made out of steel, not fiberglass. 

For many years until recently, the motto was "Buy Japanese" and not "Buy American."  American-made products had a bad reputation, and the reputation of American workers and bosses even worse.  I was reading a survey from the early 90s that said the Japanese worker was far superior and the 21st century would be the Japanese century.  We know how the Lost Decade turned out...

Gilbert Velasquez
Gilbert Velasquez

The ignorant fool who wrote this probably would be shocked to find that 1/4 of the parts in his American car come from Mexico, 1/4 from Japan, 1/4 from China, 1/8 from Canada, and 1/8 from the USA.  I am all about buying American (actually, buying Texas), but let's not drag this out to a point where we look like idiots.

Jim
Jim

Remember when Ann Richards signed a directive that all official State of Texas vehicles had to be American made, and then it turned out that her Crown Vic was Canadian?

Katy
Katy

The "Location Info" at the bottom of this article is great.This way we know where the Toyota in question is if we want to go leave additional notes on it!

Mark
Mark

Toyotas are great cars most assembled here and non union. The unions have chased the Amercan makers out of the country. They have become pension managers not car makers.

Bark
Bark

those mean old unions, and their scary pensions! Try not to pee yourself in fear.

H_e_x
H_e_x

I didn't know the unions choose what cars to make. Who knew they had so much power.

Gilbert Velasquez
Gilbert Velasquez

I think the user was referring to the fact that unions self-imploded and became, instead of stalwart bulkheads against abuse, abusers of their breaks and asking for more money, less work.

Craigley
Craigley

Toyota are still pretty lame trucks if you ask me.  This IS Texas after all.

Tosshi
Tosshi

Not only does Toyota make cars in America, but the huge Tundra plant is in San Antonio. It's the "domestic" brands making cars in Mexico and Canada, while the "imports" are using more plants in the States. I've had this argument more than a few times.

Craigley
Craigley

The road of profits all lead back to Japan.

Tosshi
Tosshi

But the jobs are here in America. How many "American Muscle" Dodge Challengers gave American factory workers jobs? Zero. Plenty of jobs in Ontario though provided by Dodge. But yet Subaru has a huge factory in Indiana.

bibin1985985
bibin1985985

and subaru is 20% owned by Toyota. did you knwo that? they are right now in the production of a scion with a subaru motor :)  more jobs

Dino
Dino

The factory workers are the smallest part of the equation. Chrysler employs 51,000 people, and they're not all turning bolts on an assembly line.  Buying American is better for America than buying foreign.

Gaff in a Head Act
Gaff in a Head Act

Yeah, toyota sucks now -- not just because they prevaricated, etc about the "Killer Floormats" (great band name, btw) -- but also because they make so many of their vehicles right here! All the Japanese automakers slipped a little when they opened up plants here. OK, Germans, too.

Why is that? Too much weed on the assembly lines?

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