Footnote Today – September 27, 2013

UAW Releases 2014 Union-Built Vehicles List

2013 Cadillac ATS. PHOTO: Cadillac

2013 Cadillac ATS. PHOTO: Cadillac

Quality, variety and fuel efficiency – not to mention keeping good jobs in America – are the highlights of the UAW’s 2014 Union-Built Vehicles List, which was released today.

The new editions to the list include Ford Motor Co.’s Fusion sedan, made for the first time at the Flat Rock (Mich.) Assembly Plant as a result of 2011 bargaining between the UAW and Ford. The Fusion was previously only made in Mexico; the Ford Transit Connect van, insourced from Europe through collective bargaining to the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo.; the Chevrolet Equinox, which is being made for the first time in Spring Hill, Tenn., as a result of 2011 bargaining between the UAW and General Motors. Also new on the list are GMs’ Cadillac ELR hybrid/electric-powered luxury sports car, which is made at the Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant, and the revival of the Jeep Cherokee, which is made at Chrysler Corp.’s Toledo (Ohio) North Assembly Plant.

MPG-conscious consumers might also take a look at Ford’s C-Max hybrid plug-in and Focus electric models, which are made at the Michigan Assembly plant in Wayne, Mich.

Source: UAW

Footnote – Because We Love American Spec!

American spec can mean built anywhere in the world but according to American specifications, which are defined by the taste of Americans. Yes, it can be built within the geographical boundaries of America and still not be American spec, not so? That is, according to say, Chinese specifications, for instance.

What should be of concern to a Nigerian car buyer about a report like this is what trust we place on American engineering and quality control, whether it is built to suit American flavor or Nigerian. Really, if it’s built in America and by the UAW workers we can be certain that it has gone through some very strict quality checks.

Of course, accolades like winning Motor Trend’s Car of the Year Award and Truck/Utility of the Year Award are just examples of such quality as are exemplified in the 2013 Cadillac ATS for car and 2013 Ram 1500 for truck/utility.

A vehicle assembled in the United States will always start with the numbers “1” or “4” or “5.” Vehicles assembled in Canada will start with the number “2.” Not all vehicles made in the United States or Canada are assembled by union members, so it’s important to first check the list. If it’s on the list, then inspect the VIN for the above numbers.



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