CarBuzz Trivia: What Foreign Automaker First Built Cars In The US?

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America hasn’t always been a hotspot for foreign car companies.

“Made in America” doesn’t mean what it used to, especially when you apply the label to cars. Chrysler is proud to have its cars “imported from Detroit,” but the reality is that ten foreign automakers have factories in the United States. However, it wasn’t always this way. Today’s CarBuzz Trivia question asks you to name the first foreign car company to set up shop in the U.S. Bonus points if you can guess the year and a gold star if you know the state.

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If your first thought was Japanese, then you’re wrong. Honda and Toyota aren’t bad guesses, but the right answer is Volkswagen. The German automaker set up shop in Pennsylvania in 1978, beating its Japanese counterparts by a few years. Although the Beetle is VW’s most iconic model, the factory produced Rabbits.

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