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Mexico becoming a driving force in auto production
latimes.com ^ | February 22, 2014, 5:00 a.m | Jerry Hirsch and Richard Fausset

Posted on 02/22/2014 4:03:11 PM PST by BenLurkin

The first Honda Fit rolled off the assembly line Friday at a new $800-million factory near Celaya, Mexico, a symbol of the growing might of the country's auto industry.

Honda's U.S. factories spit out hundreds of thousands of Accords and Civics each year. But when the automaker redesigned the Fit for North America, it turned to Mexico for an increasingly skilled workforce and favorable export rules.

Mexico already accounts for about 18% of North American auto production, but that's expected to jump to 25% by 2020 as automakers pour billion of dollars into factories, said Joe Langley, an analyst at IHS Automotive. The nation has joined Germany, Japan and the U.S as one of the heavyweights of auto production, he said.

U.S. auto factories have also kicked into a higher gear since the recession as auto sales have rebounded. But Mexico's plants are adding jobs and production even more quickly.

Mexico's auto industry employment has soared 46% to about 580,000 jobs since 2009,

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Mexico; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: honda; hondafit; mexico; michigan

1 posted on 02/22/2014 4:03:11 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

I just can’t shake that sucking sound out of my head.


2 posted on 02/22/2014 4:10:09 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: BenLurkin

A lot of them are almost within walking distance of the US-Mex border:

Online there are ads for people who can speak Japanese and can live in the US legally, but are willing to work at auto firms just across the border.

So other than simply BUYING, we have almost no role.


3 posted on 02/22/2014 4:12:48 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Paladin2

Well, please try . . . because you need to worry about punitive tax regimes, universal healthcare, bone-crushing regulations, and snail darters first.


4 posted on 02/22/2014 4:15:13 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: BenLurkin

No UAW.


5 posted on 02/22/2014 4:17:17 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: BenLurkin

NAFTA and the EU are similar.


6 posted on 02/22/2014 4:22:53 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: BenLurkin

No EPA in Mexico...


7 posted on 02/22/2014 4:23:28 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Paladin2

It’ll be over soon, not much left clean out.


8 posted on 02/22/2014 5:02:02 PM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: BenLurkin

I tell you right now if the quality of the cars they make is as good as the Fume hoods they made for Fisher hamilton, I’d run away from as fast as possible! Every time I saw Hecho en Mexico I cringed.


9 posted on 02/22/2014 5:08:47 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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10 posted on 02/22/2014 5:12:20 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Mastador1

Ford Fusions are made in Mexico.


11 posted on 02/22/2014 5:33:16 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: BenLurkin

the mexican honda, immediately after rolling off the line, drove to the borer and broke through the gate, then went to a park party with several other related hondas, got drunk, then drove into an american family, then gave birth to several priuses, all of which became us autos immediately.


12 posted on 02/22/2014 6:05:11 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: BenLurkin
Mexico should be one of the top economies in the world.

Outstanding climate, industrious people...what's really holding them back is corruption at every levels of government, and opposition to any real foreign investment.

13 posted on 02/22/2014 6:06:12 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: Secret Agent Man

That’s just too funny!


14 posted on 02/22/2014 6:26:28 PM PST by datura (Democrat=Communist, GOP=Democrat, TEA=American)
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To: blueunicorn6
No UAW.

Mexico has its own auto workers union.

15 posted on 02/22/2014 6:49:36 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

If we are going to send jobs somewhere I’d rather they went to Mexico than China or India.


16 posted on 02/22/2014 6:53:25 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: Charles Martel

If they’re making $8 an hour, it’s no UAW.


17 posted on 02/22/2014 7:10:04 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks BenLurkin, and thanks UAW.


18 posted on 02/22/2014 8:22:28 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: blueunicorn6

Americans will have to look to VWs and BMWs for autos made in non-union plants in the USA.


19 posted on 02/22/2014 8:26:53 PM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Mastador1

Way back when I had a Chevy that was made in Mexico. Started rattling within 6 months and within 2 years the inside door panels started falling off. Never again.


20 posted on 02/22/2014 8:35:39 PM PST by sheana
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To: blueunicorn6

$8 in Mexico is like $75 in the USA with UAW


21 posted on 02/22/2014 8:38:39 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: datura

;)


22 posted on 02/22/2014 10:20:45 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: BenLurkin

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23 posted on 02/22/2014 10:24:46 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Mexico should be one of the top economies in the world.

Outstanding climate, industrious people...what's really holding them back is corruption at every levels of government, and opposition to any real foreign investment.

Well said. What we need is a successful and prosperous Mexico. One that can supply good paying jobs for it's people. One that can keep it's people from moving to the U.S. looking for a better life. Over time that may happen. Right now it's not. And you are right. It is the corruption inherent in that society that, at the minimum, slows that process down.

24 posted on 02/23/2014 6:41:53 AM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: bigheadfred

And now you understand why automakers are putting plants in Mexico. They can have happy, productive workers for $8 an hour.


25 posted on 02/23/2014 9:01:46 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: BenLurkin

And, as a personal sales bonus, each Mexican-built auto comes with a trunk full of wacky weed for the perpetually “stoned” Americans among us. That should really boost sales revenues to the Mexican drug lords.


26 posted on 02/23/2014 11:38:54 AM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: BenLurkin

Mexico to UAW. “THANKS GUYS!!!”


27 posted on 02/23/2014 1:10:14 PM PST by Organic Panic
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To: BenLurkin

28 posted on 02/23/2014 1:17:13 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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