Well, any assembly consists of a number of steps. The final steps are...the ones done last.how do you define final assembly?
They really aren't.Fact is that it seems that Ford is being cagey about this issue.
Nope. It's really simple, and already explained more than once.At the very least they are releasing contradictory information, or some technicality has been applied.
Correct. There are significant penalties for mislabeling, and there's no way the lawyers would let them screw it up. Also, from a purely practical standpoint, there's no way ford would miss the chance to label it of US origin if they could, so they could brag about it.I gather that the window origin paper is absolute proof and is infallible in your estimation?
There is no real controversy. This is really, really, really simple. Again: the country of origin rules mandate that ford take the total cost of the engine, which includes parts & labor, and assign the costs to the countries where the money was spent. So we know that at best the US component is less than half. In reality there can be multiple origins, and the one that makes the top billing is the one with the largest percentage. So it could be something like 50% mexico, 49% kazakhstan, and 1% US (where the entire US contribution is pulling the engine out of a box and putting a "Cleveland" sticker on it). There is zero controversy, no reason for confusion, and no conspiracy behind acknowledging that two things are true: the final assembly of the engine is in Cleveland, and that all of the work on the engine that's done in the US accounts for less of the engine's cost than the work done in Mexico. I honestly do not understand what could possibly still be in question. It sounds like you want some kind of validation to say that the part done in the US is more important and/or matters more, even though it accounts for a minority of the engine's cost. That's entirely subjective, and if you want to decide that it's a US-built engine by that definition than good news--there are no rules covering your personal definition so you can consider yourself validated. Similarly, as long as ford does some final assembly to the engine in cleveland, there's nothing to stop them from saying it was made in cleveland even if all they're doing is screwing together a couple of complete assemblies that come in a box from mexico. It's unlikely that you'll get ford to tell you what specific steps are done in cleveland and which steps are done elsewhere--and it doesn't matter, because your ford warranty covers the truck, regardless of where specific pieces of it came from.Do you know which plant? In spite of previous accusations, I have no dog in this fight.
I am merely trying to clear up the controversy and seek the truth.