again not a lot of that money stays here in the States. The majority of the money that the dealerships make go back to Japan, even though the cars are made here. Toyota, Honda Nissan Mitsubishi and all the import cars send the money that they make here in the states back to their respective countries.Americans work at Toyota dealerships too (looking at the dealership jobs only since this affects other jobs as well).
I bet a lot of people on this board who talk about American jobs buy foreign products in other areas of their lives when they have a choice. How many people here bought a PS2 rather than an XBox (is that assembled in the US?), for example? Sure, it is a smaller investment, but all of this makes a difference. There were a lot of American companies that fell behind beginning in the 60s until today and much of it was their own fault, including the domestic automakers. I am not surprised that many have abandoned the domestics after what happened for 20 years. I think the new domestics will slow or stop the trend.