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Mexico, with its trade advantage, catches eye of VW

Tennessean / Chattanooga Times Free Press -- Local Volkswagen officials say they’re fighting within the giant automaker to win a second vehicle for the Chattanooga assembly plant.

A lack of free trade pacts between the United States and other nations may steer future VW production to Mexico rather than Tennessee, according to industry experts and others.

Jay Baron, chief executive of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich., said Mexico has free trade agreements with 44 countries. The U.S. has 19, he said.

As a result, cars built in Mexico can be exported to more countries without the manufacturer having to pay import duties, which can boost the price of a vehicle by up to 10%.

That Mexican trade advantage encouraged Volkswagen to put its Audi plant in Mexico rather than in Chattanooga; Huntsville, Ala.; or another


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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2012 7:42:05 PM

defiancegasman has it right. Free trade is just another way to export jobs.
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Hope they KNOW who they are doing business with...
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2012 4:09:39 AM

Mexico, with its trade advantage, catches eye of VW and rightly so! When Mexico has free trade aggreements with 44 countries and the labor is much less, locate there to build your vehicles. Fred does Not see the advantage of more free tgrade agreements in certain instances. 'Coming out of the closet' Fred's lousy, smoke and mirrors, lack of jobs, dog and pony show and in the crapper economy, the 'jobs' are Not here. Fred's economy is not improving but continues to hurt the population and the job numbers continue to be down! People will still drive and buy fuel no matter what but it sure helps to have a job too!
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2012 3:33:11 AM

...courtesy of bi-partisan free trade agreements like NAFTA, etc.
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2012 2:06:37 AM

Who cares about Mexico, they already have a big enough hand in our vehicle manufacturing.
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:26:28 PM

Hate to see good jobs going to other countries.
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:19:15 PM

Free TRADE is really FREE AMERICAN JOBS GIVEAWAY. It only allows the "THIRD WORLD" countries to pay their workers a few dollars and hour, if that and allows them to SHIP THE GOODS here, free of any duty.

Don't know of any area in AMERICA where you can raise a family on less than $10/hour without being on welfare or some type of FEDERAL AID!!

It's BAD for the companies too, because their workers can NOT even buy the cars they are making. The FREE TRADE is just returning the world to the days of KINGS and SERVES!!
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Obama is a liar of the highest order.
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So because Obama has blocked the free trade agreements, cars built here cost more and thus companies are building them elsewhere. Interesting that Obama's policies can now be proven to be sending jobs out of this country.
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:07:10 PM

They are way ahead of the game when it comes to trade.
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dhan for cheap gas
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ok
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:00:09 PM

Ok.
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 10:56:34 PM

So what
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 10:54:41 PM

No more free trade agreements.
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 10:53:35 PM

That is awful.
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 10:53:19 PM

What advantage does Mexico have?
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 10:51:16 PM

Before long we'll be sneaking into Mexico
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Gas Prices?
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ok
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Okay
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Trade Advantage?
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Where are all those politicians who said free trade would be bad for the US economy?
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Ok....
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I don't blame Europe for not accepting our G. M. O. food for export. It is not good for us and it is not good for anyone else! : (
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Sounds like posturing to get the best contract negotiations.
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 10:36:27 PM

That doesn't make sense. There are more Mexicans here than there! We could build them here with Mexican labor! (I think..)
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 10:34:39 PM

that sucks
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Hate Jetta drivers!
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 10:33:21 PM

Good luck
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 10:32:28 PM

what matters is to keep VW in Chattanooga (for job purposes). There is always a market for FORD buyers and VW buyers. It's all about making the best deal for both labor and corporations.
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 10:32:13 PM

Price of doing business. say bye,bye to jobs in US
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genie_racing
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"Hmmm, remember that giant sucking sound of jobs leaving this country after NAFTA was signed? "Free Trade" pacts never seem to help THIS country very much. They always seem to help everyone else."

Yeah. Right. When the FIRST Free Trade Agreement was signed between Canada & the U.S., WE heard the giant "sucking sound" of OUR jobs going south to the U.S. Don't feed us your B.S. about agreements NEVER benefiting YOU. We had a Prime Minister that was a MAJOR suck-up to the U.S. & bent over backwards to give away OUR jobs & resources for next to nothing, while the Canadian CITIZENS that got the REAMING!!
The ONE time it doesn't go YOUR way, too many of you whine like spoiled little brats. Grow up and face the REAL world. Kudos to those of you that are mature enough to realize the TRUE nature of a global economy.

This article is about a company doing EXACTLY what one of YOURS would do in ANY other country.
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 10:28:10 PM

good for them
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We need to solve this problem.
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 10:24:50 PM

I have been driving Fords and Pontiac's since the 60's...What VW does, doesn't affect me in the least...Think about your American Co's first. Get better at what we're doing and you won't need to worry about VW, Nisson or anyone else for that matter...Remember what the slogan "Made In Japan" did to our economy back in the 60's and 70's well how do you like "Made In China"? No difference but somebody sure got rich and it wasn't me...I can remember when a fully equipped Boss Mustang run about $2500.00 but of course wages were $3.00/hr but guess what you could afford more, then..
Now, you couldn't touch that very same car for less than $25,000 or buy a new one for less than $40,000 but wages are $7.50/hr. Why you couldn't afford the tires...Today!
Enjoy your day! GLTU!
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Business is business.
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 10:15:30 PM

Good for them.
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That's the global economy we live in.
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Hope they build better than China does!
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 10:11:12 PM

CHEAP LABOR!
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 10:11:02 PM

I wondered why we are getting more Audis in the shop but building them in Mexico means they will fail sooner than later.
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 10:09:05 PM

another loss
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interesting
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Gas Prices????????????????????????
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"A lack of free trade pacts between the United States and other nations may steer future VW production to Mexico rather than Tennessee..."

Hmmm, remember that giant sucking sound of jobs leaving this country after NAFTA was signed? "Free Trade" pacts never seem to help THIS country very much. They always seem to help everyone else.
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It's all crass comercialism - pocket over patriotism. We need to stop this stuff as a country, or we will go under.
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It all adds up
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