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Think “Toyota” Means “Import?” Think Again

“Made in the U.S.A.”

Those words have long meant many things to many people. They could be seen as a badge of quality, a sign of patriotism or even a shrewd purchasing decision that will partially pay itself back by providing more jobs and economic stimulus right here in the states.

If you are shopping for a new car and you want to buy one that is “Made in the U.S.A.,” then NYE Automotive Group has just the car for you.

And it’s a Toyota.

That’s right. Though most people think of the brand as a Japanese company, the Camrys, Tundras, and Siennas you see driving around central New York are as American as apple pie. (Which, by the way, is a recipe brought over to America from England.) In fact, in our globalized economy, they may be more American than some of the brand names considered to be “domestic.”

Though the company was obviously founded in Japan, Toyota Motor North America has been operating out of Torrance, California since 1957. The term, “import” has been growing less and less accurate since then, as most production has been shifted to the U.S. Want a new Avalon, Camry or Venza? They are made in Kentucky. Highlander, Sequoia or Sienna? You’ll have to “import” one from Indiana. And if someone in Tokyo wants to drive a Tundra, they’ll be buying a Texas product.

The truth is, all modern vehicles are somewhat global products, with parts produced in many different locales. When you look at the percentage of parts that are made in the U.S., though, Toyota vehicles tend to rate quite high. The Wall Street Journal even reported that the Camry is the “most American” car you can buy. The “most American” truck? The Tundra.

Plus, the company is continually investing in more manufacturing capacity in the U.S., including another new assembly plant currently being built in Mississippi. Whereas some companies shut down plants to ship jobs overseas, buying a Toyota can help create jobs here in the U.S.

For your next new car, do the patriotic thing. Visit our central New York showroom, and buy American. Buy a Toyota.

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