Due to some recent flooding in Mexico, it looks like production of the Insight will be delayed for several weeks. The Celaya factory is responsible for developing engine parts for the Insight and Honda thinks that this disaster could translate to a decline in sales of about 75,000 units across their lineup. Hopefully this doesn't affect anyone who's currently got a model on order. Cost of repairs are expected to be upwards of $458 million and it could take around 4 months until production gets back to normal.
I’m thinking that country of origin may have something to do with where the majority of the engine parts are from, and while the final assembly of the engine is in Ohio it isn’t enough to change the designation? Maybe someone out there knows how country of origin is determined?
The second section below on the Buy American Act may explain why it does not say USA.
The American Automobile Labeling Act requires that each automobile manufactured on or after October 1, 1994, for sale in the U.S. bear a label disclosing where the car was assembled, the percentage of equipment that originated in the U.S. and Canada, and the country of origin of the engine and transmission. Any representation that a car marketer makes that is required by the AALA is exempt from the Commission’s policy. When a company makes claims in advertising or promotional materials that go beyond the AALA requirements, it will be held to the Commission’s standard.
The Buy American Act requires that a product be manufactured in the U.S. of more than 50 percent U.S. parts to be considered Made in USA for government procurement purposes. For more information, review the Buy American Act at 41 U.S.C. §§ 10a-10c, the Federal Acquisition Regulations at 48 C.F.R. Part 25, and the Trade Agreements Act at 19 U.S.C. §§ 2501-2582.