Unspecial FX

The Debbie Wasserman Schultz drive-American debacle generated all manner of tweetage, and a quip from the Instant Man:

Even worse, it’s a Japanese car that, though it’s built in America, is built in a right-to-work state!

This is a slight misquote of Moe Lane, who actually said this:

Seriously, Debbie? If you’re going to fulminate about Republican Presidential candidates driving foreign cars, don’t own a Nissan, OK? Particularly since the only places where they’re made in the USA are in right-to-work states.

Lane is quite correct here. Schultz’s Infiniti FX35 sport-utility, however, was assembled in Nissan’s Tochigi plant; the only Infiniti ever built in the US was the first-generation QX56, which was spun off Nissan’s Armada and built alongside it in Canton, Mississippi. (The current QX56 is a vaguely-Americanized Nissan Patrol, built in Kyushu.) Some lower-end Nissans are actually assembled in Mexico.

I’ve actually owned Japanese cars made in the US — by UAW members, yet! — but creatures of that ancestry are few and far between.


  1. Ric Locke »

    29 May 2011 · 4:05 am

    “Some lower-end Nissans are actually assembled in Mexico.”

    For “some” read “most”. In the 90s I made regular visits to Aguascalientes, Mexico, and drove by the plant every day. A minor Nissan executive once told me over breakfast in the hotel that it’s the biggest Nissan plant in the world.

    Observing the parking lot led me to formulate a rule: If the employees can’t afford the product, something is seriously wrong.


  2. CGHill »

    29 May 2011 · 10:27 am

    They’ve certainly got the production capacity for it. The US versions of Sentra and Versa come from Aguascalientes, though the Tiida, on which the Versa is based, is built in several other countries as well.

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