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(NECN/KNSD: Bob Hansen) - A steady breeze blows through the flag over a Honda dealership, but are the cars under the shadow of the US flag Japanese or American?
Answering the question is not as easy as it used to be. There was a time when foreign cars were built on foreign soil and American cars built in America.
"You probably are going to find it really frustrating to figure out what a true American car is any more," said marketing professor George Belch.
That's because automobiles today are built around the world, no matter the name on the car.
"Most of the parts come from America, and it's assembled in America, then it's an American car," said Honda dealer J.P. Bo.
In fact, a survey by auto industry website Edmunds.com, selected three Toyotas and a Honda, along with Fords, Chevys and a Chrysler as the "most American" vehicles in their category.
What is an American car? There are two ways to look at it.
"One, you can say, 'where is the car made, where is it assembled, where are the jobs being provided, where are the parts coming from?' The other side of the coin is 'OK, where do the profits end up?'" said Belch.