Japan's cars win U.S. citizenship

THE BALTIMORE SUN

CHICAGO -- Though the 1993 Mazda 626 sedan and MX-6 coupe were conceived in Japan, they'll be American citizens because 75 percent of their parts and components will bear made-in-the-U.S. labels.

The cars will be built at Mazda's Michigan plant and sold in the United States, but it's the percentage of domestically supplied parts that allows them to join the same clan as Chevrolet, Ford and Dodge.

The Mazdas are the first Japanese car line to be considered domestic, although Japanese companies have built cars here for years.

The typical U.S. content of transplants -- U.S.-built Japanese cars -- is 50 percent.

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