Not that I don't love my country but one of the reasons I thought the MO had such good quality is that it was built in Japan - really not trying to offend anyone here. Anyway, when I was almost thru the buying process - bought my MO in mid Dec '04 I noticed on the sticker that the final assembly point was Norfolk VA. My MO had splash guards, wind deflector, etc. so maybe those extras were put on in VA or maybe that's where it was shipped to. The VIN number begins with a "J" and as Enforcer alludes to in FAQ that seems to indicate built in Japan. Does anybody know for sure? It's an '05. The dealer told me Japan. My last car - a Toyota Avalon - was assembled in Kentucky - many problems like a loose driver's seat that could never be fixed by any dealership and now sludge in the engine even though I regularly changed the oil.