Thursday Twister: Born in Mexico
Welcome back to another edition of DT’s weekly quiz show, the Thursday Twister where we make little hats out of post-it notes and see if the float on a vat of used transmission fluid (spoiler alert — they do!). According to a recent Forbes article, Mexico will soon be the car capital of the Americas, but I don’t believe everything written by a bunch of half-wits on the interwebs, and neither should you. However, various OEMs have been building cars for American consumption south of the border for a number of years and today’s topic is — cars built in Mexico and sold in the US of A.
The first one is easy — VW’s New Beetle– but can we find the rest?
This week’s twister was a suggested from K2 Mr E Karr.
Standard twister rules are as follows:
1. Only one car per comment (be sure to hit the refresh button on your
browser before you post in case someone else has posted since you loaded
the page). Do not nest the replies, just reply to the main post — if
you reply to someone elses comment it should be in reference to his
comment and not a new submission.
2. You can post again, but only after someone else posts another car.
3. The contest will end at Sunday, April 26th, 4pm PST.
4. One submission per generation of each make/model.
5. Each car must be a running/driving car (no clay model prototypes) and
at least two must have been built of that particular car (no one-offs.)
6. No anonymous submissions — pick a name with the Name/URL dropdown.
Mexico seems poised to become one of the world's automotive superpowers. Nissan Sentra.
Hey — K2, I forgot to credit you with the twister suggestion when I penned this epic post — but the situation has been rectified, please ask your snipers to stand down. I repeat. Stand down.
No worries. I don't really care. I'm just happy one of my ideas can be of service. And don't worry about the snipers; they're all out having coffee. Or at least, I think they are. These French-trained ninja sharpshooters are impossible to keep track of. Here's a picture of them enjoying a hot brew. Wave hello, guys!
I did not know that part of the Ramcharger production run was made in Mexico – for many years, in fact. I learned something new today!
Gorgeous. And you can make tortillas in it. Mmm…tortillas. Golly I miss SoCal. People think good Mexican food is "fancy" here in the NE.
Aww, the little car made out of clay!
~ You can buy a cheaper car but I wouldn't recommend it.
Don't stop believin', hold on to that feelin'
We got one a couple years ago as a rental when we were in Orange County. Many Journey and Steve Perry jokes and references were made.
What a rather odd story, the bit about the leader singers in that band. Perry was certainly unique, replaced by a couple of dudes for a while…then a Filipino guy comes in and picks up right where Perry left off…? And he's REALLY good at it?!? I'm not the world's biggest Journey fan but I gotta give props when they're due.
Can't say I'm a fan at all, but they were popular with a certain segment when I went to high school. We re-wrote open arms as broken arms one time in study hall. I'm sure we were the first to think of that…
Ha ha! I think you (re)created a classic there.
Nevermind — did not read the full rules. But it was built in Mexico.
But it's so cool! I guess none were sold in the U.S. officially but surely somebody imported one. Seems like none of that would be bending the rules.
The worst car ever….the Chevette!
Oh, no, no, nowhere NEAR the worst car ever.
Nowhere near the best, but nowhere near the worst.
My 2003 Suburban.
And Fusion, too.
I have one myself: VW Jetta Sportwagen (which is a Mk 5.5 or almost-Mk6)
How do you like your Sportwagen, CFlo?
It's my wife's daily driver and the main family car. We've put 75k miles on it in 5 years. I like the car overall for commuting, grocery getting, and road tripping duties. It's squishy enough to be comfortable, not really sporty but much better to drive than a heavy/tall SUV or crossover. The seats are excellent and don't cause us any soreness even after 8 hours of driving up & down California.
The 2.0L TDI engine and 6-spd manual trans have been great. Not fast on paper but the low-end torque makes it entertaining to drive in normal traffic conditions. Low 50s mpg if you're careful on the highway, and high 30s combined without trying.
It's a great all around car that we will probably drive until it's worthless.
Cons: the clutch took some getting used to (easy to stall with the TDI) and is now slipping a wee bit. The AC compressor makes a slight squeal. One rear shock blew out under warranty. Tire rotation should be done at less than 5000 mile intervals to keep the rears from wearing prematurely. With the big sunroof, you can feel the whole car twisting when you're making a turn into a driveway for example. Timing belt replacement is going to suck but I have another 55k miles before that's necessary.
Very interesting – nice car. Thanks for your feedback. +1 for VW Jetta Sportwagon TDI noted.
I'll +1 that, my wife's DD is a black TDI wagon with nearly 60K. No sunroof so I haven't felt the twisting, and though I got used to it, the electric power steering assist was initially a little weird-feeling – going around a corner hard was rather numb, and I could sense when the level of assist changed. The only need aside from tires & fluids has been a new O2 sensor. Load capacity is pretty awesome for a relatively small car – it's hauled Christmas trees and moved us a couple times.
Noted. Positive generalization applicable to 6th gen Jetta/Golf? Could we have found an exception to my rule? Will be interesting to see once 100K has been hit. Value specs, they appear to be about average.
2011 base MSRP/current value
CS reports inconclusive due to low number of reviews, though the Jetta reviews don't indicate much of a change in long-term quality and reliability.
Ford Focus (at least the 2008-2011 generation)
Come on, some else post so I can add this:
Chrysler 200 – despite their advertizing slogan.
Second generation Toyota Tacoma
You are welcome Bobinott. 😉
No cars to post, but I do find this topic interesting. Polaris, one of the northern most makers of fun on wheels/tracks also moved a large portion of their assembly down to Mexico maybe 2 years ago. The slingshot is glued together in Iowa though.
Latest version (W212?) MB E-class
Not eligible for this Twister but on my wishlist; made in Mexico but not sold in America (yet – word is they're coming and according to their website one has been delivered in California), the Mastretta MXT.
Come on…Fiesta? Where else should a car named that be produced?
Will there be a special edition produced Tuesday after next?
Yes, but it's now Olé! news.
Alternative interpretation of the rules…. the Mustang was indeed "built in Mexico and sold in the US of A". Other generations too… who knew.
Just, the ones that were built in Mexico were sold in Mexico, and the ones that were sold in the US of A were built in the US of A. See what I did there?
Yup, including some of these!
Chevrolet El Camino
Automotive Industry in Mexico
Mexico Auto Industry: Why Are Kia Motors, BMW, Nissan, And Mercedes Headed South Of The Border?
Giant Ford and Toyota investments help fuel Mexican auto industry boom
I guess this quote tells the story: "Mexican automotive workers make in a day roughly what U.S. car factory worker make in an hour."
Replace the word "Mexican" with just about any other third-world (sorry, don't mean that as an insult) country. Call a help line lately?
Que pasa? Any more folks?
Mazda 2 (and Scion something or other)
Thanks G – you da man!
Sob nein for (your) ex.
Uh…aka Saab 9-4X.
Jeez, I swear. You people get a few days off after working so hard all week and you just lose all focus. 🙂
I can't just let this one go. It must be added, even at the expense of ignoring all of the other cars built in Mexico and sold in the States. Everybody's whipping boy…the Pontiac Aztek. Now how could you forget that one, Buffy?!?
Mazda 323 wagon
And sibling Mercury Tracer.
The glorious Chevrolet Aveo.
Sibling Pontiac G3.