• Jul 2, 2006
According to the federal government, a vehicle with a 75-percent or more domestic parts rating is classified as a domestic vehicle. The web-based resource site Cars.com has compiled the 'American Made Index' that lists the top ten vehicles made in the U.S. according to where their parts came from, where they were finally assembled, and even how many were sold in the U.S.

The ten vehicles and where they're assembled are:
  1. Ford F-Series - Dearborn, Mich.; Kansas City, Mo.; Louisville, Ky.; Norfolk, Va. (Except Ford F-650, F-750)
  2. Chevrolet Silverado - Fort Wayne, Ind.; Pontiac, Mich.
  3. Toyota Camry; Camry Solara - Georgetown, Ky. (Except hybrid Camry)
  4. Ford E-Series - Lorain, Ohio
  5. Chevrolet Cobalt - Lordstown, Ohio (pictured)
  6. Ford Explorer - Louisville, Ky.; St. Louis, Mo.
  7. Chevrolet Malibu/Malibu Maxx - Kansas City, Kan.
  8. Ford Escape - Kansas City, Mo.
  9. Toyota Sienna - Princeton, Ind.
  10. Chevrolet TrailBlazer - Moraine, Ohio (Except now discontinued TrailBlazer EXT)
What do you think of the definition of 'domestic' per the article, especially with the Camry/Solara and Sienna making the list?

[Source: Cars.com via PR Newswire]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Corey W. -

      Which "American" company gives more than two shits about saving the nation? GM and Ford? Many are manufactured in Canada, Mexico, and Korea. Is Detroit flourishing because these companies are reinvesting at home? Nope. How about outside of the car industry - Dell tech support and parts come from India and China, respectively. Apple iPods are manufactured out of Shanghai. Nike's business model is built upon exploiting cheaper labor in Asia. Do any of these companies "reinvest" in the US any more than their competitors? No, not really.

      Every company, be it Ford, GM, Toyota, Honda, Samsung or Dell has only one goal in mind: Profit - any company that does NOT look out first and foremost for their own company is destined to fail. Any smart company will manufacture at the cheapest location that has acceptable quality. If that means that Toyotas are manufactured in Kentucky, that's fine. If the seats in my Dad's Avalon came from 10 miles away from the plant, that just means that Toyota invested money in even more American manufacturing to get American consumers (relatively) high quality goods at a (relatively) affordable price.

      If you want to talk about investment in the US, building factories that run at 90%+ capacity is an investment. The parts and shipping infrastructure in the region is also an investment in the local economy. By this definition, Toyota and other auto manufacturers are actively investing in the American economy, whereas GM and Ford are actively taking money made in America and manufacturing across our borders.

      In fact, as an American, I'd be far more proud to show off a Camry as American engineering and manufacturing than I would be if I had to show off a Taurus - haven't driven a Fusion yet, so I can't mock that.

      In short, foreign automakers are increasing their investments in the US for a win-win situation (the companies and the local economies of those regions), while "American" companies are pulling away from the UAW as fast as they can without imploding.

      Companies like GM and Ford are falling apart left and right, they don't need "excuses" (such as being all-American) why people should buy them.

      (end rant, sorry for the rambling)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I specifically chose my car because it was assembled in Japan and shipped here the way God intended! =)

      In all sincerity, I picked the Mazda3 5-door because it felt like a better car in terms of performance, handling and assembly quality than the Civic or any other car in it's class. The 5-door body style was also a big plus. But I just really like the fact that my Japanese was built by Japanese people.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice scenarios, except it sure is biased. Like 99% of the import fans on here the scenario is always "the good Japanese make vehicles here and the bad Americans make them in Korea (or Canada and Mexico). If you guys don't understand why I act like a DICK much of the time here is why. In this thread I sit here and state how that is the case and sure enough it shows right back up to prove a point. Well there is a scenario where:

      You buy an American car assembled in the U.S. with a majority U.S. parts that has management in Michigan who takes direction from Michigan who in turn, reinvests money in the United States, purchases American computers, machinery, and hires workers based on skill from many nationalities. So where's the money really going? Everywhere. But since Dell (and Compaq, etc.) don't make their computers here and the machinery to build cars is foreign, etc. the strongest link (and not the weakest link for sure) in this case is the U.S. auto manufacturer as far as most of the U.S. labor jobs.



      "These are only examples, but they illustrate my point that what the economy is becoming is globalized"

      Yes, if most Americans weren't painted this (incorrect) beautiful picture of the global economy they would be fighting it like the Boston Tea Party.



      "The engine roared but gave little in the way of acceleration, and took much in the way of ~20 MPG on the highway over 900 miles (each way) with premium gas."

      Blame the Japanese company who made the SHO engine for that.


      " Need I go on with my other experiences on either the Japanese or American front?"

      Sure but you might not want to use a vehicle with so much Japanese content next time as the SHO really isn't a good example in that case.



      "As for the Malibu,..."

      Like a Japanese car has never had problems. My co-worker has a 2005 Accord and he has a major repair with it and the dealer told him if it was out of warranty it would cost $900+ to fix (my co-worker asked because he was worried if it happened again outside of warranty). The vehicle is barely a year old.

      Honda extended the transmission warranty on many Odysseys because they have a known problem.

      • 8 Years Ago
      After a Volkswagon Jetta and Honda Civic, I just purchased my first Chevrolet. I bought the HHR, simply because I thought the styling was fun, the drive was incredible, and the fuel economy was good... kind of simple stuff I know. I guess it is 70% domestic content. Believe me, none of this crossed my mind. I am....ehem... a selfish American consumer who likes what he likes. I'm glad that the money from my car will go to Detroit, Mexico, Mars, Jupiter, or whatever country/province/planet had a part in its assemblage.
      • 8 Years Ago
      In the modern day world, nationalistic bullshit is just that - bullshit. GM DOES NOT CARE as long as they can make money. Not going into bankruptcy is perhaps one of the few non-short term decisions GM has made recently. Studies have shown that the average consumer *will not* buy from a company that is in bankruptcy or will go bankrupt. Yes, bankruptcy will solve the cost issue for now, but will it solve the product issue?

      And if I were a business, yes, I would set up my manufacturing in the country/state/town that gives me the best incentives to do so - in fact, that's what any business does. If that means the government is giving Toyota tax credits to locate to Kentucky, then yeah, go for it. I doubt there are very many people in Georgetown who will complain about having a large manufacturing industry there. If the incentives mean that Toyota sets up shop in Kentucky instead of in Canada, then why not? And of course every company's going to lobby for more incentives on their behalf - there's an entire industry in Washington that does just that.

      In short, it's bad business to:

      a) Not set up shop at the cheapest location that satisfies your criteria
      b) Not lobby your government and that of others for favorable manufacturing and sales conditions
      c) Not take incentives/handouts when offered
      d) Sell shitty products

      In other words, all the stuff GM and Ford are at least partially guilty of.

      I haven't been taught to hate GM and Ford cars by the media. My parents owned a Chevy Caprice that overheated constantly. My neighbor owned a Malibu that spent more time in the shop than in their driveway. I learned to drive on a P.O.S. Taurus (circa 2000). I've used F-150s and Rangers at work. I've test driven a Buick Lucerne, and tried to test drive a Ford Focus (the dealer didn't have the *exact* car I wanted, so wouldn't let me test drive one in a different trim/color). I've borrowed my buddy's '99 Taurus SHO on numerous occassions. No, the media doesn't tell me the cars suck, my own eyes, ears, hands and feet tell me that their not worth laying money down for. Oh, I tried to like these cars. I really did. And it wasn't until I drove my buddy's SHO and my girlfriend's '03 Civic back to back before I realized that for half the price, the Civic was just as fast, much more fun, and made better noises (from both the engine and the audio system). The F-150 and the Ranger... given that those're the only trucks I've driven, I can't pass judgment on those.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Our RAM diesel is 'Hecho en Mexico', guess it did not make it on the list :p
      • 8 Years Ago
      "8. lol, actually, with Toyota's profits, govt takes nice big slice of their tax share.

      Toyota is also opening new plants in the USA and investing that money in the USA.

      Compared to GM and Fords, losses, and closure of plants/jobs, moving away from US, makes you wonder who contributes more?

      When did govt take some profit taxes from GM or Ford? When was the last time?

      Posted at 10:24PM on Jul 2nd 2006 by sp 0 stars"

      They're probably taxing them now-I haven't heard of any abatements lately and all businesses pay taxes somehow-no matter what the apparent fiscal health of the company.

      As for the amount-well since GM and Ford are tremendously larger here in the states then Toyota is-has more employees and hundreds more plants here. I mean Toyota is tiny compared to the big two really-I'm betting they pay more to the Fed/State/Local government.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Don't forget the badge-engineered/platform-twinned vehicles such as: 2. GMC Sierra, 5. Pontiac G5 (okay, not out yet south of the border), 6. Mercury Mountaineer, 8. Mazda Tribute, 10. GMC Envoy.

      Doesn't NAFTA result in Mexican and Canadian parts being labled as "American" in origin? I guess "American" now means "North American".

      Gotta love the pastiche of nationalities behind cars these days: Dr. Z is now the salesman for the Chrysler group, the Mustang team was led by a Vietnamese-born American engineer, Bangle - an American, is the lead designer at BMW, GM hired a French woman to head their interior design department, Subarus are styled by the guy who used to do Alfa, the guy who styled the Buick Lucerne is now at Hyundai, a Japanese stylist did the Ferrari Enzo, Bentley is now mostly a line of cars underpinned by the VW Phaeton, and the original underpinnings of the Hummer H3 are from Isuzu's Thai pickup.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Boy I almost never post here in autoblog, but I must say that this Lithous is one of the biggest hating troll I've seen on the web these days. If ever there's a post or comment that even hints of anything positive about an Asian car company he's right there to crap on it. I don't think he's actually against DCX or other Europeans makers as much has he just dreadfully HATE anything from Asia. I personally think he's just a closet Anti-Asian racist; maybe he got dumped by an Asian girl? Got embarassed in school by an Asian dude? Got his domestic beater trounced by a rice rocket? Who knows where the hate originated. Yeah I know this Lithous will flame me with another long and boring post but who gives a rat's a$$.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm a little confused, again. "a vehicle with a 75-percent or more domestic parts rating is classified as a domestic vehicle" saying nothing regarding where it is assembled, but rather where the parts are sourced.

      I guess this will help with the American Big Three sourcing 75% or more parts from the USA and assembling them in a foreign country. :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      When I bought my '04 Honda Accord EX-L sedan, I didn't care where it came from because Honda's service record is so good. I'm a Californian originally from Ohio, so if the Accord had been an Ohio-built car, that would have been OK with me.

      Turned out that my Accord came from Japan, but the sticker says it has 60% U.S./Canadian content, and 25% Japanese content (including the engine and transmission). So, 15% comes from other places--maybe China and/or Mexico--I don't know and don't care.

      I was surprised that so much content was shipped from North America to Japan for final assembly.

      In any case, I view the car as both global and excellent. If you want to know why there are so many Hondas around, just drive one and you'll see.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Define, "truly American car?" I am not sure this really exists, and to be honest, I don't care. My first 3 cars were 'American' made. Grand AM, Concord, Grand Prix. Then I had an Accord and an Accord and guess what?! The Accords were so much better in every category that I can't even take the time to list them.
      But, the good news, Accords are built here too and now Just down the road in Indiana I can get my self a new American made Hondiana Accord and feel damn good about it too!

      But, no matter what, I am still Down With Detroit.
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