Autos: Open Border

Of the $2.5 billion in automotive imports—both cars and parts—that entered the U.S. last year, one country accounted for 60%. The country is Canada, and the curious thing about it is that few Americans who bought Canadian-made cars had any idea that they were doing so.

The reason for this is that most of the cars, manufactured by Canadian subsidiaries of U.S. automakers, are indistinguishable from American models. Chrysler makes Plymouths and Dodges in its plant in Windsor, Ont., and ships them all over the U.S. Midwest. General Motors assembles Chevrolets at...

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