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Global Car [electronic resource]: Who Really Builds the American Automobile?

Journeyman Pictures (Firm)
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Once a shining example of national ingenuity and prowess, the American car is now assembled through a constantly shifting global process. This program presents the fascinating story of where in the world a quintessentially American product is actually built. Focusing on the Dodge Ram pickup and tracing the origins of its components, the film paints a portrait of the global economy-a collage, as it were, representing hundreds of independently manufactured parts circulating through forty different countries. Highlighting the supply chain that produces radiator caps, the film travels from India to Tennessee to England to Dusseldorf as managers and workers in each location explain their roles in the system.
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55 min.
Portions are in other languages with English subtitles
9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Apr. 01, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Who Really Builds the American Automobile?
  • American Automobile: Symbol of Global Economy (1:38)
  • Global Car: India to Tennessee (2:00)
  • Global Car: England to India (1:17)
  • Global Car: Germany to England to India (1:27)
  • Global Car Competition in England (1:42)
  • Global Competition in the Automobile Market (1:56)
  • Global Supplier of Radiator Caps (1:57)
  • Global Dependence in Auto Industry (1:12)
  • Sundaram's Success as a Global Supplier (2:20)
  • Employee Compensation in Global Auto Industry (1:49)
  • Global Component Suppliers for American Automobiles (2:16)
  • Increased Competitive Pressures of Globalization (1:29)
  • Benefits of Global Competition (1:45)
  • Flattening of the Global Economy (1:40)
  • China: A New Detroit (1:34)
  • Auto Industry Cost Advantages in China (1:21)
  • Threat of Global Competition in Automotive Industry (2:35)
  • Global Automobile Modules (1:28)
  • Platform Sharing in Global Vehicles (2:19)
  • Global Automobile Components (1:17)
  • Global Auto Supply Chain (1:54)
  • New Challenges of Global Market (1:15)
  • Supply Chain Management in a Global Market (3:05)
  • Changing U.S. Auto Industry (1:06)
  • Shifting Auto Industry (1:35)
  • U.S. Auto Industry Crisis (2:08)
  • Are Foreign Cars Bad? (1:37)
  • What is an American Car? (0:41)
  • Paradox of Global Competition (2:15)
  • Future of American Automakers (1:34)
  • Effects of Competitive Global Market (2:56)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2009.
Publisher no.
41400 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (55 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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