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Made Across America

01/31/2015

Do you know where your car, truck, or SUV was made? While many folks overlook the fine print*, the place of origin has significant implications on the American economy. The auto industry is back on track, with 16.9 million new vehicles sold in America in 2014, up from a low point of 11.5 million in 2009. This resurgence has created over 400,000 new jobs over that timespan, at automotive manufacturers, suppliers, and dealerships.



Last week’s Made Across America initiative was a truly unique experience. The organizers of the Washington DC Auto Show asked every automobile manufacturer – with an American plant – to drive the vehicles built in those plants to our nation’s capitol. I had the honor of driving with the Chrysler (FCA) team, as we piloted a squadron of four vehicles from Detroit to DC.

Our fleet consisted of:

Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn EcoDiesel 4×4 – Built in Warren, Michigan
Chrysler 200S AWD – Built in Sterling Heights, Michigan
Jeep Cherokee 4X4 – Built in Toledo, Ohio
Dodge Durango R/T 4×4 – Built in Detroit, Michigan


The Jeep Toledo plant was our first stop on the drive. Home to the venerable Wrangler as well as the Cherokee, the Toledo plant runs two assembly lines and employs over 5,000. After a quick stop for photos, we grabbed.....

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Made Across America
Published on Jan 21, 2015

I was honored to drive to our nation's capitol as part of the Made Across America campaign to support American manufacturing. It was cold and snowy on the morning of January 21st. We shot this on a whim with YouTube Capture on an iPhone 4s.
 
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