The New Domestic Automakers in the United States and Canada: History, Impacts, and Prospects

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Lexington Books, Dec 16, 2015 - Political Science - 520 pages
Over the past forty years, state/provincial and local governments in the United States and Canada have provided foreign automakers with approximately $4.80 billion in incentives in order to lure light vehicles assembly plants to their areas. This has included tax abatements, infrastructure construction, land giveaways, job training programs, and other subsidies. As of early 2015, ten foreign vehicle makers operated 20 light vehicles in developed North America. Despite the fact that all ten of these automakers have pursued a similar pattern—first exporting vehicles into the United States and Canada before launching vehicle plants in developed North America—each has followed its own specific historical development path and has created its own unique growth trajectory.This book provides a unique historical and qualitative review of these ten vehicle makers, from their early beginnings to their export entry into the United States and/or Canada through early 2015. In addition, it chronicles the histories of more than a dozen former automakers and potential future foreign light motor vehicle assembly plants in the United States and Canada. This includes the first foreign automaker to build its cars in the United States, De Dion-Bouton of France in July 1900, the early 20th Century endeavors of Fiat, Mercedes, and Rolls Royce, and the present day hopes of Chinese and Indian automakers. In the process, the text also provides an assessment of the top competing states and sites for any future plants, the possible incentives packages governments may offer to attract such facilities, and an estimated incentive value for each automaker.
Overall, the goal of this book is to expand the knowledge of policymakers at all tiers of government in the United States and Canada and to help them take a more holistic look at the pros and cons of attracting Automobile Manufacturing FDI. It is hoped that this will enable them to make more informed decisions when pursuing a new foreign motor vehicle assembly plant. Its findings should also prove informative to urban and regional planning, political science, sociology, economics, labor, and international development scholars and students in North America and worldwide.
 

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Contents

Ch01 Introduction and Overview
1
Part I THE EARLY FOREIGN AUTOMAKER PLANTS IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA
15
1900s1940s
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Ch03 The Golden Age for European Cars in North America Part I
35
Ch04 The Golden Age for European Cars in North America Part II
49
Ch05 Birth of the Japanese New Domestics
65
Part II THE JAPANESE INVASION AND THE BIRTH OF THE NEW DOMESTIC AUTOMAKERS
79
Ch06 Imports Trade Friction and the Japanese Invasion Part I
81
Part IV WHOS COMING AND WHEN? PREDICTING THE FUTURE EXPANSIONS OF FOREIGN AUTOMAKERS
201
Ch13 The New Big Three
203
Ch14 The Potential NearTerm Expansions of Japans Smaller Producers in the United States and Canada
227
Ch15 Projections for European Automaker Expansions in the United States and Canada
251
Ch16 Projections for Korean and Chinese Automaker Expansions in the United States and Canada
277
Ch17 European Acquisitions and Projections for Indian Automaker Plants in the United States and Canada
309
ASSESSING THE AUTOMAKERS SITES AND SUMMARY
341
Ch18 Worth the Investment?
343

Ch07 Japanese Invasion Part II
101
Ch08 The Second Wave of Japanese Auto Transplants Part I
119
Ch09 The Second Wave of Japanese Auto Transplants Part II
135
Part III HERE COME THE GERMAN LUXURY AND SOUTH KOREAN AUTOMAKERS
149
Ch10 Here Come the Germans Part I
151
Ch11 Here Come the Germans Part II
163
Ch12 Then Came the Koreans
179
Ch19 Top SitesAreas Competing for the Next Major Foreign Auto Assembly Plants
367
Ch20 Summary and Concluding Thoughts Regarding the New Domestics and Foreign Automakers in the United States and Canada
405
References Cited
429
Index
503
About the Author
507
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A. J. Jacobs is associate professor with East Carolina University’s Department of Sociology.

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