• Apr 5th 2006 at 8:02AM
  • 20

It’s official: Japanese automakers build more cars and trucks in North America than General Motors. The milestone has been expected for some time now, with manufacturers like Toyota and Honda churning out some 4.8 million vehicles in the region in 2005, and GM whittling away its totals to 4.6 million. The gulf is expected to accelerate as GM continues to ‘right size’ its manufacturing both within and beyond America’s borders over the coming years.

The report by Scotia Economics indicates that Asian companies will increase their share of global capacity to 37-percent by decade’s end (it was 34-percent in 2004). Further, it estimates that if GM and Ford can make good on their cutback plans, by the end of 2008 North American capacity will represent under 20-percent of global automaking capacity-- a number that stood at 30-percent as recently as 1999.

[Sources: AFP via Servihoo, Boston.com]

(Appreciate the tip, Carpenter!)



I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 20 Comments
      • 9 Years Ago
      #10 If you offered that weak evidence in court of increased production of many companies compared to one as a comparison to UAW VS non UAW you'd be laughed out of court.

      The word "unskilled" comes to mind, go back to lawa school and retake the class
      will
      • 9 Years Ago
      so all the japanese companies combined make more cars in america than one company? big wup
      Paul
      • 9 Years Ago
      no, the point is that its proof that american worker can survive international competition when under the direction of Japanese managers. It also helps whenthe product is designed by Asian engineers. Sure a company like Toyota uses americans to get an idea of their preferences. They tolorate american factory workers but only if they are not hampered with the union benefits especially the long term pension and medical benefits.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Guys, no offense, but this is a stupid article. When Toyota or Honda separately builds more cars than GM, then report it. Domestics are losing market share... duh!! It's called competition, it happens, there's always going to be a #1... Who it is may fluctuate, the market is always going to push automakers to build better cars, which is good for the consumer.
      It's already been estimated that if Toyota increases production about 10%, within two years, they will over take GM. Woo Hoo!! SO WHAT!!! Get over it...
      If Toyota/Honda ever builds something I like, I will consider them, but until then or I'm dissatisfied, I will continue to purchase GM products, whether they're #1 or not.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Autoblog has a double standard. They let morons like Paul continue to post his drivel but the moment someone criticizes non-Americans, oh wait, it's racist and discriminatory. Why don't we take Paul's comment and replace Americans with African-Americans?
      Paul
      • 9 Years Ago
      more proof that americans are not capable of managing themselves. we need the better trained asians to do that for us.

      further proof that us congress should lift the restrictions on non american born citizens from becoming president. who is nothing more than a manager.
      • 9 Years Ago

      Japanese automakers build more cars and trucks in North America:The fact is, Japanese automakers build good quality cars, we, American love it and keep on buying
      it. Simple as that.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "It's simply about the fact that "domestic" car companies had complained to the government that it was unfair unless Japanese automakers had to build some of their cars in the US. Now, Japanese automakers are producing more cars IN the US than the #1 domestic car company."

      Except my guess is that the domestic companies assumed they would come here and build vehicles using the same parameters like using the union, not going to cheaper labor areas of the country, and lastly, not getting multi-muli-millions in tax breaks and benefits from the states.

      And aren't the Japanese building many of the cars they sell still in Japan where health care isn't an issue for the companies? Can you imagine if GM could just lose paying a dime for half of the health care they supply?

      Not to mention in a society where people don't want to spend time learning about anything, just the reader's digest version, Americans get terrible or manipulated facts and pass judgement. Like listening to Ralph Nader who, by the time his book came out the Corvair problem was fixed but he turned it into some sort of plot by GM to harm people or something.

      Oh, yes, I still need a link to show the Japanese are building MORE CARS IN THE U.S. because the post here says in North America. It could be true but I want to see this fact before I give it credence.
      Paul
      • 9 Years Ago
      I actually think American car companys are way better than any other company and this whole article is pointless.
      Paul
      • 9 Years Ago
      LOL

      I agree. People should just buy the best product available regardless of where its made. just so happens that american made products now are crap. if the best product is made in North Korea or Iran then people should be free to buy it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      TO all the GM loveing LOSERS:

      HAHA

      Keep buying GM's crap cars. GM needs you more than ever.
      Paul
      • 9 Years Ago
      Richard

      don't be so hostile to the truth. america has its best minds in finance, legal and medical. manufacturing is looked down upon as a profession. engineering is left to asians. manufacturing companies no longer have the talent to produce competitive products or the management skills to run them. manufacturing is done in the us. at least until the educational and career preferences change. the asians are very good at it and it shows. The manufacturing industries that are not yet dominated by asians soon will be. so lets just sit back and let it happen... it cant be stopped.
    • Load More Comments
    Share This Photo X