Everything has become global nowadays. Consumers who are concerned with where the vehicle is made should think about when the cars are being assembled. In the U.S. parts are imported from Japan, Mexico and Thailand, so can the vehicles be called ‘American’ when they are assembled with parts from all over the world?
Cars.com have recently compiled a 2013 American-made Index. It is an analysis that puts the above question to rest. They looked at three factors to establish the ten ‘most American’ vehicles. These include:
– The origin of a car’s parts (if the vehicles were made in the U.S. or outside the U.S.)
– The vehicle’s point of final assembly (if the vehicle rolled off the assembly line in the U.S. or not)
– Statistics related to sales (ultimately the car’s popularity with American consumers)
The first spot goes to Ford F-150 yet again on the American-made Index. Patrick Olsen, the site’s editor-in-chief states that due to strong sales and 75 percent of the parts being domestic made the vehicle reach the top position of the index in 2013. Ford F-150 also held top position between the years 2006 to 2008.
In second place, we find the Toyota Camry, which held top position from the years 2009 to 2012. Olsen states that this vehicle is still a very strong performer, and was ranked second only due to the strong sales of the F-150, which was encouraged due to the recovering U.S. economy and the country’s construction boom.
The list of the top ten ‘American-made’ cars is a mix of U.S. companies and foreign automakers, half and half to be exact. In terms of numbers however, Toyota takes top honors by taking four out of the ten spots available. The list is found below:
- Ford F-150
- Toyota Camry
- Dodge Avenger
- Honda Odyssey
- Toyota Sienna
- Chevrolet Traverse
- Toyota Tundra
- GMC Acadia
- Buick Enclave
- Toyota Avalon
All these vehicles are built in the U.S. The only distinguishing characteristic lies in the number of American-made parts they use in order to assemble the vehicle and their popularity with American shoppers.