Trump Tells Japanese Automakers To Build Cars In The U.S.

President Trump has pleaded with Japan to build its vehicles in the United States, perhaps unaware that the country’s leading carmakers already build millions of cars in the U.S.

During his ongoing tour through Asia, Trump suggested that Japan has an unfair advantage on trade with the U.S., citing the lack of American cars sold in Japan, Bloomberg reports.

“Try building your cars in the United States instead of shipping them over. That’s not too much to ask. Is that rude to ask?” he said.

In typical fashion, pundits around the world moved to demonstrate just how many Japanese vehicles are already produced in the U.S., seemingly without the President’s knowledge.

In 2016, Japanese carmakers manufactured almost 4 million vehicles in the U.S. and an additional 4.7 million engines. What’s more, car brands from the Land of the Rising Sun employ around 850,000 U.S. workers and last year, 412,281 cars and trucks from Japanese-branded auto plants were exported from the U.S. last year.

As Jalopnik notes, one only has to look at the extensive list of factories which Japanese automakers currently have in the U.S. to know that they take international production seriously. In fact, Toyota has production facilities in six U.S. states, Honda in four, Nissan in Tennessee and Alabama, Subaru in Indiana and soon, Mazda will have a local manufacturing plant with Toyota.


  • ejd1984


    • paulgdeaton

      The things Trump is unaware of would write a great book…

  • Christian Wimmer

    He also spoke to the President of the US Virgin Islands…

    • LJ

      Just like Obama visited 51 states and still had 10 more to go.

      • SmartAss💁🏾‍♂️

        Well if you are going to tell that story, he said 57 with one to go. That can be chalked up to campaign tiredness but Cheeto keep bumbling a year after the election.

  • Jason Miller

    Nissan facilities are in Tennessee and Mississippi.

  • Puddingpopper

    Read an effing book for once

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      And he just hires 70 immigrants on an HB-2 visa. Hypocrisy at its finest.

      • paulgdeaton

        He is the gift that keeps on giving – to comedians, at least…

  • wait a minute

    I thought is was common knowledge Japanese cars and some european brands (BMW, Benz, VW) were made in the US at for over a decade and more.

    • ctk4949

      Well Da Douche lacks a lot of common knowledge!!!!!!

  • danno

    Thank you Carscoops for showing the breadth and scope of USA car production Japanese car makers have in the USA, hopefully American shoppers will buy more !!
    Great job Carscoops !!
    I drive a new KIA Sorento, one of the key factors was that it was made in Georgia, USA. A right to work state.

  • danno

    Thank you for showing the breadth and scope of USA car production Japanese car makers have in the USA, hopefully American shoppers will buy more !!
    Great job !!
    I drive a new KIA Sorento, one of the key factors was that it was made in Georgia, USA. A right to work state.

    • Bozo

      Yeah, But that Sorento isn’t Japanese. Kia is a KOREAN Car Company but that Sorento is built in Georgia, USA.

      • danno

        Right…did I say KIA was Japanese? Just an example of another offshore based brand that people might assume is made offshore.
        Your online name really fits your comment. Or is it your RL name as well ??…

        • bozo

          Just another example of a consumer who doesn’t do their research on their particular vehicle, Sad. By the way My Name was created for you, Dunno. 🙂

    • no25

      Kias are Korean dumbass

      • danno

        As is your comment.

        • no25

          My comment is Korean? lol screw off trumpie.

          • bozo

            Dumbo an example of those people who don’t their research in learning about their car, sad. haha.

          • smartacus

            Democrats are always Loud and angry aaand completely utterly wrong.

  • Six_Tymes

    TRY, and ASK is not Telling

    • I even thought he was “ordering” them to..

  • Seriously, Americans, why did you vote for him?

    • Trumps New Swamp

      I sure as hell didn’t! He’s made the US a laughingstock around the world and given orangutans a bad name, all while destroying US democracy.

      • LJ

        I didn’t vote for him, but how is he “destroying US democracy”? There’s enough low hanging fruit to bash Trump with, there’s no need to make stuff up.

        • Trumps New Swamp

          Simple, by loading the deck with people in government positions that don’t give shit about democracy, but do give shit about lining their pockets and their buddies. This is what Trump is all about. Attacking freedom of speech when it’s not beneficial to him. Family advisers; letting departments of the government lapse when the taxpayers have paid good money to develop them; the list go on and on. Yes, there’s plenty of low hanging fruit, but in what’s in between the lines that matters most in this situation.

          • PB

            Because all that has never, ever happened before. Bush? Clinton? The whole (((Neocon))) disgrace? Nope, just coincidence. Never happened before until Trump came along.

      • The Watcher

        Exactly what I hear from every other classic liberals. He sounds like ass, but at least he doesn’t sound like a sheep.

        • SmartAss💁🏾‍♂️

          Nope he sounds like a narcissistic retarded donkey (ass).

          • SmartAss not Smart

            Donkeys are the mascot of the Democratic Party. And for good reason. Democrats stand for lies (Obama’s promises of not selling uranium to Russia, and you can keep your doctor are examples), and massive increased taxation (which they happily put into their pockets). You’ve been fooled for years, but your hate keeps you from seeing the truth.

          • Six Thousand Times

            All of that is horseshit. Like 100% all of it.

          • SmartAss💁🏾‍♂️

            Oh I have a fan. Too bad all I see is blah blah blah blah… I’m a cheeto cocksucking troll! You blindly follow a man that has surrounded himself with the worst possible people that only have $$$ on the brain. You don’t know anything about me or who I have supported in the past. Keep supporting this treasonous asshat buddy. Next on deck for Mueller time… Jr come onnnnnn down!

          • SteersUright

            excellent response, lol.

        • SteersUright

          We’re criticizing a politician, a welcomed freedom and celebrated right in the USA that sadly is still rare around the world. Yet you “conservative” republican types take any immediate opportunity to sling mud in the face of any neighbor and fellow citizen who doesn’t agree with your politics.Your type would sooner have anyone who didn’t agree with you thrown in jail rather than celebrating diversity of opinion, thought, intellectual debate, and never accepting any politicians entire agenda hook line and sinker. Shame. Im sure this party had to have been founded on better morals and ideals than what Trump’s republican supporters behavior and rhetoric demonstrates today.

        • paulgdeaton

          Oh, yeah? I am a “Classic Conservative” – even back to being a part of the “Draft Goldwater” movement – and I would say the same thing as TNS. There is nothing “conservative” about Trump; – and doesn’t just sound like an ass, he is one.

          • smartacus

            Goldwater would not have endorsed Ted Cruz.

    • matrem

      Most of us didn’t.

    • KSegg

      I didn’t. And I’m annoyed with those who did.

      • smartacus

        i did and i’m glad Hillary lost 🙂

        • KSegg

          I didn’t vote for her either. Either way, we should all learn Chinese, since China will be the top world superpower within a decade.

          • smartacus

            China will never be bigger than Israel.
            Israel controls everything everywhere.

    • Maricaibo

      Over 1/2 of eligible Americans stayed home on election day, doing…what? So embarrassing.

      • LJ

        The majority of American voters never vote. They sit at home on election day and then spend the next 4 years bitching about everything. I vote in every election, which gives me the right to bitch.

        If you don’t vote, keep your dumb mouth shut.

        • Dirtdogger


        • LeStori

          There is only one requirement for living in a democracy. Voting. If you don’t vote then you do not want to live in a democracy.
          The non voters have got want they deserve. Dictator Trump.

          A quote from The Age newspaper by @Geronimo.
          “Gutless Draft Dodgers who prefer to don Military Dress for the camera, climb into Jet Fighter cockpits or steer 8 thousand ton Destroyers are easily recognized for what they are. We current and former servicemen and women have a single word to identify their “substance, subtlety and creativity” and its not classified or restricted”.

    • Research Janitor

      Because 8 years of the Obama’s regime was so good for the country. Not one year of 3% growth, highest debt ever, more people on food stamps, race relations in the sewer, etc…

      • Silimarina

        Do you think that the 3% growth is due to Trump?It takes at least 6 months, usually 1 year to see the response from the economy.Economy doesn’t react over night.

        • no25

          lol hes a typical trumper who thinks Trump is actually success when really it was Obama.

        • SmartAss💁🏾‍♂️

          Exactly, the man has not had one piece of legislation passed. NOT ONE!

      • SteersUright

        Obama inherited a self-destructing economy from Bush on the brink of financial collapse. 8 years of an actual intellect in office and today the USA is back to being an economic powerhouse by all measures. Trump is in office for 6mo and you credit him with the turnaround? How do you know for certain his Hollywood style of leadership doesn’t lead the USA back to financial ruin in 2-3 years? You dont. So for now enjoy Obama’s legacy, a vibrant job market, and keep quiet until several more years pass and we can reflect with more certainty on Trumps efficacy as our new leader (if he isn’t impeached before then).

      • smartacus


    • LWOAP

      I didn’t vote for the guy; I voted third party.

    • Six Thousand Times

      I wish we had an answer…

    • Enter Ranting

      I didn’t.

    • smartacus

      Because of Hillary.
      Hillary even lost
      and Wisconsin.

  • Bash


  • tkindred

    Maybe he can now take credit for any future factories they build here, even if they were already planned years ago.

  • KSegg


  • fabri99

    I believe Mr. Trump should stick with feeding the carps – he seemed pretty confident there.

  • TobiasFc

    Read an effing book for once

  • Blanka Li

    I don’t understand how someone so incredibly stupid can make so much money and wield so much power.

    • Enter Ranting

      He’s actually a lousy businessman. Three bankrupt casinos. CASINOS!!

  • Research Janitor

    Pretty sure he knows how many vehicles are built here, he just wants more – nothing wrong with that.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Somebody should tell Trump that Honda actually makes more cars in the US than they actually do in their home country Japan.

  • Benjamin B.

    Tell Trump to mind his own business and get the government out of the economy.

    FYI Trump is more of a socialist (especially on trade and corporate welfare) than Obama was. Blah, blah, America has a “mixed economic” system, meaning corporate socialism similar to fascist Italy and Corporate China.

  • Joe Mosely

    Interesting comment. They made 4 million in the U.S. and sold around 17.5 million in the U.S.. Doing some math that is about 23%. I wonder what percent of the Japanese auto companies worldwide sales is manufactured in the U.S.?

  • Paul

    Only problem with this is that the profits still went to the manufacturers country of origin. In a global economy I guess this will always be that way but at least American workers have jobs building those foreign cars here and not a foreign worker building them in say Japan or Germany.

  • no25

    maybe he should stop playing golf for once and learn something. who am I kidding being one of the worst presidents ever is “too hard” for him.

  • DBP

    The man was addressing a room full of manufacturers, he DID acknowledge that some (mazda and toyota) that do invest and build in the U.S., as usual this is a quote taken out of context. Listen to the whole speech. I’m not a Trumper but the media can’t keep harping on these 1 liners when they and anyone who listens to the whole speech know it is out of context. He was clearly talking to someone one on one in the crowd from the podium that doesn’t currently manufacture in the states. The media is quickly trying to give away what little bit of credibility they have left. Just report the news.

    • Emoto

      Of course he knows. The hyenas just want to exercise their confirmation bias.

    • Enter Ranting

      In the meantime, he and Ivanka make their products overseas. So there’s that.

    • danno

      Let’s see if this website has the stones to put a full splash corrected story – probably not ….
      cnn had to correct their story, which is probably the source for this hit piece

  • SteersUright

    Trump will be impeached before we know it. Lets just hope Pence is actually better.

    • LWOAP

      I wouldn’t count on it. He might be worse.

      • smartacus

        Pence is hardcore conservative.
        Food Stamps and Section 8 are
        going away regardless of who’s
        in The White House when it goes.

  • Well

    Well… people buy Japanese cars because they are made in Japan and not in the US…

  • matssoderberg

    Make America Think Again!

  • Six Thousand Times

    Would’ve loved to see the looks on their faces…

  • Enter Ranting

    Donald Drumpf – the “business man” who doesn’t understand business. Make your crappy suits and ties in the US before you ask a company to build a car factory here, idiot.

  • RDS Alphard

    Trumps is the kind of parent where, you already study for hours in your room, but the time when you walk to kitchen to get a glass of water & he’s just say “Why don’t you study in your room?”

  • Hayden Coombs

    Holy crap, this article is biased #badjournalism

  • D83

    Honda provide US-based production cars to overseas market. Example : NSX. Even in Honda’s homeland (Japan), the NSXs was imported from US.

  • smartacus

    Trump trolled the media
    and the media just falls for it!!
    They honestly think he’s unaware of
    Japanese companies making cars over here?

  • dawyer

    This head of government totally changed what the function of president used to. Except the entertainment part, breaking the accustomed political maybe is good for the world.