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1 hour ago, A Horse With No Name said:

It would be rational.

That being said, i would not buy a Chinese made Buick.

The industry model I foresee coming is that of building the vehicles on the continent were the most of that particular vehicle will be sold.  Trucks, SUVS, large Crossovers, and large sedan (both in volume and size) are safe here in the US.  Small vehicles will ship off shore. 

The exception to this will be compact cars that sell in such huge volumes that it makes it impractical to have long shipping routes.  For example, Civic and Corolla, probably have too much volume to make it feasible to ship across the Pacific whereas Trax and Encore combined don't add up to even a fraction of Civic. 

Ford is majorly gambling with Focus. A sudden spike in oil prices could make a Chinese built Focus uneconomical to ship economy cars all the way from China to the US. All it takes is one mid-east skirmish to double or triple oil prices and Russia is already threatening to fire on US planes in Syria.  

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45 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

 

The exception to this will be compact cars that sell in such huge volumes that it makes it impractical to have long shipping routes.  For example, Civic and Corolla, probably have too much volume to make it feasible to ship across the Pacific whereas Trax and Encore combined don't add up to even a fraction of Civic. 

 

Also commodity luxury models that are sold worldwide will likely continue to be built worldwide...the BMW 3-series is assembled on 4 continents in about 10 countries...

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1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

The industry model I foresee coming is that of building the vehicles on the continent were the most of that particular vehicle will be sold.  Trucks, SUVS, large Crossovers, and large sedan (both in volume and size) are safe here in the US.  Small vehicles will ship off shore. 

The exception to this will be compact cars that sell in such huge volumes that it makes it impractical to have long shipping routes.  For example, Civic and Corolla, probably have too much volume to make it feasible to ship across the Pacific whereas Trax and Encore combined don't add up to even a fraction of Civic. 

Ford is majorly gambling with Focus. A sudden spike in oil prices could make a Chinese built Focus uneconomical to ship economy cars all the way from China to the US. All it takes is one mid-east skirmish to double or triple oil prices and Russia is already threatening to fire on US planes in Syria.  

The Syrian thing ties into the people not getting any smarter.

We keep seemingly coming back to that.

There is a part of me that really dislikes Ford and wants to see them fail....which actually bothers me.

With a billion people driving oil will become an issue at some point... surprised that it hasn't happened yet.

Also, would love to know the actual profit per vehicle on Civic, Encore and Trax.  Honda does not fleet out like Ford but they absolutely love their low cost lease special offers.

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