May 9 -- The drive to cut costs has pushed some automakers to seek cheaper parts in China.
But if you're building cars in North America, that can be a pretty long pipeline. And as we've seen with the SARS outbreak in China, there can be some factors that threaten to disrupt the flow.
So, what to do? Ford of Canada plans to increase by more than 50 percent its purchase of parts made in Canada. As shoppers in border communities know, the exchange rate means you get more bang for your buck in Canada.
Even so, Canadian content will be a small portion of the company's annual parts purchases, which total some $90 billion around the world.
But every little bit helps local producers. What a concept, eh?