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Technically, Mexico is part of North America. Texas and California used to be overrun with Mexicans (even more so than today), but they got really viscious in their opposition to the Manifest Destiny of the U.S., so these land areas had to be removed from them.
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Andy,

I do not know if I am above the fray, nor am I concerned about the automotive straight and narrow; please, deviate at your leisure. We all do.

It is this phrase that stands out:
Texas and California used to be overrun with Mexicans (even more so than today), but they got really viscious in their opposition to the Manifest Destiny of the U.S., so these land areas had to be removed from them.
Does this idea not seem absurd to you? Sentence structure notwithstanding, you can't be serious.

Texas and California weren't 'overrun with Mexican's'; there were, and are, Mexicans there because Texas and California were part of Mexico. 'They' were here first, long before the United States pushed west. Regarding my taking offence, I am not Hispanic, and I no longer live in California, so I'm not offended personally. However, I suspect I am not the only person who would react to your comment.

The concept that god has ordained the territorial expansion of the US is absurd in every way. The countries on both of your borders take offence to that laughable idea.
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Andy, I really do appreciate your enthusiasm for the new 500, and I envy you for having ordered one. And I hope you love it and have a great experience with it. The Elantra
Touring and Chevy Cruze (another thread) are not the same type of car.


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The location of the Fiat assembly plant is an interesting issue. The Euro 500 is assembled in Poland, as far as I know, to keep the price down. Unless Americans are prepared to pay more for cars, new production will go to countries where environmental laws are lax and labour is cheap. I have a 1999.5 Jetta (mk 4) assembled in Mexico, and it has been a wonderful car; I have no concerns about the quality of Mexican assembled cars. Strange that I can buy a new golf for the same price, or a new Jetta for much less, now, 11 years later.
 
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