Why do Canadians say American cars are domestic cars?

I moved from the US to Canada and they call Ford and Chevy domestic cars. I asked them why when they r American companies and they were upset and just told me they have Ford and GM factories in Canada. I said there r Honda and BMW factories in the US but we still call Honda cars are Japanese cars and BMWs r German

I moved from the US to Canada and they call Ford and Chevy domestic cars. I asked them why when they r American companies and they were upset and just told me they have Ford and GM factories in Canada. I said there r Honda and BMW factories in the US but we still call Honda cars are Japanese cars and BMWs r German cars. Then they were very upset

Best Answer:

Steve Bowlin: Canadians are embarrassed that they don't have any automobiles of their own design and manufacture. American companies used to throw them a bone by re-badging some American cars with different names for the Canadian markets, but no more.

Other answer:

Steve Bowlin:
Oh I'm sure the Canadians became real upset about that. Canadians get riled at just about everything……….
You do realize that Canada, the United States and Mexico are all part of North America, yes? In any case, if they are built in Canada, then they are domestic cars. You go ahead and look up that word, domestic.
Jay P:
All of the US auto manufacturers have manufacturing and/or assembly plants in Canada so in a way, they are 'domestic' brands.

But, on the flip side of that, Honda and Toyota have plants in Canada as well but they are referred to as Japanese brands, not domestic.

Corkstone:
Because many cars like Ford or Chevy are made in Canada, at least in part.
Percyqted:
As an immigrant in a foreign country the first thing you must learn is not to upset the natives and respect their traditions.
It's their country and they can call cars whatever they like.
jeligula:
Of course Ford & Chevy are Canadian domestic. You must be a blast at parties.
GLENDA:
Unless the VIN on my vehicle(s) indicates that my vehicle was made in CANADA, I consider it an import.

But our Government taxes Canadian built vehicles the same as import vehicles.

Phil M:
Canada and the United States are both countries in the continent of America. When someone says "Here, in America" you have to realize they mean both the United States and Canada.