• Jun 30, 2009
Cars.com has once again published its annual American-Made Index that rates vehicles built within the United States based on their sales and percentage of domestic parts content. This year's list has a number of movers and shakers based mainly on the fact that a troubled economy has torpedoed sales of some models and others are now ineligible because their parent brands are being canceled.

The Ford F-150 has lost its top ranking in the American-Made Index for the first time since Cars.com began producing the list back in 2006. The new No. 1 is – gasp – the Toyota Camry. Assembled in Georgetown, KY and Lafayette, IN, the Camry's upswing in domestic parts content helped it barely edge out the F-150, which has seen both its sales and domestic parts content fall year-over-year. Toyota, in fact, had four models make the American-Made Index this year including the Sienna, Tundra and first-timer Venza.

General Motors placed the Chevrolet Malibu, Silverado and GMC Sierra, while Ford had the aforementioned F-150, and list newcomer Ford Taurus, which enjoys the highest domestic parts content of 90 percent. No Chrysler vehicles made the top ten, although one Honda did: the Lincoln, AL Odyssey has an 80 percent domestic parts content rating and thus sewed up the #10 spot. You can view the full list after the jump and visit Cars.com to read more about how the index was produced.

[Source: Cars.com]

The Cars.com American-Made Index

1. Toyota Camry – Georgetown, Ky.; Lafayette, Ind.
2. Ford F-150 – Dearborn, Mich.; Claycomo, Mo.
3. Chevrolet Malibu – Kansas City, Kan.
4. Honda Odyssey – Lincoln, Ala.
5. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 – Fort Wayne, Ind.
6. Toyota Sienna – Princeton, Ind.
7. Toyota Tundra – San Antonio, TX
8. GMC Sierra 1500 – Fort Wayne, Ind.
9. Ford Taurus – Chicago
10. Toyota Venza – Georgetown, Ky.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      The Taurus is more American made than the Camry and it is also engineered here

      Really? I thought the Taurus was based on the Volvo S80 platform that was engineered in Sweden?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well,

        Since that platform was a modified version of the Volvo platform (a company owned by Ford Motor Company), the original platform was R&D'd there, but the modifications to the older platform and the R&D for everything but the base platform was done in MI. Meanwhile, little to none of the Camry's R&D was done in the U.S.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just buy what you think is best for you. The notion that it's our patriotic duty to buy the most 'American' car is too antiquated for me. Isn't it more patriotic to let capitalism run its course?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The lines between imports and domestics seem to have been blurred.
      ktofcc
      • 3 Years Ago
      The fact that Toyota's high sales volume improves their position on this laughable Cars.com list is quite deceitful to the American car buyer. We all get that volume is great for American jobs. We don't get that it's more American because of sales. Hopefully cars.com isn't adding the imported Camrys volume into the formula. Who knows, we don't get to see their numbers. Take sales volume out of the formula for a truer picture. Call it what it is.
      muddigger
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chevy's silveraldo went from 90% a few years ago to 75% with 15% from mexico on my 2009. But that was better than the 56% on the new dodge ram I looked at.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i've always understood that the cars that Toyota sells here, they make here (such as the new Prius, etc)
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Prius is soley built in Japan along with the majority of Toyota's cars sold here.

        Kudos to those made here, but lets not understate what they import.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The Prius is soley built in Japan along with the majority of Toyota's cars sold here. "

        If by 'majority' you mean 'half', then you're right. Last year they sold 2.2m cars here, 1.1m of which were built in America.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Camry will NOT be an American car until Toyota moves its headquarters to the United States. As long as the profit and intellectual property are held in Japan, it is a Japanese car made by a Japanese automaker in America.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Corolla didn't make the list. About 20% of Corollas are imported."

        Not entirely from Japan. Corollas are also made in Canada.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is very true, and a lot of people do not recognize the importance of factors other than the loaction of assembly of the parts and whole. That being said, the name of this list is "American-Made," so I would argue that Camry belongs on it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well you do realize that Toyota and Honda are both publicly traded companies, so the profits actually go to the shareholders?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The same old line that these, "Buy American" types put out all the time. What counts to me is domestic content, and the American working class people who are employed here, in America, making these parts & cars. How many Americans benefit from that Ford Fusion made in Mexico. Not too many. Shareholders of Ford Stock, a few management people, and a couple of hundred transportation and dealer people, versus the thousands and thousands of working class Americans who benefit from producing the many different brands of foreign based companies.who build cars here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not to knock the ones that are assembled here, but we need to point out that a large number of Camrys and Corollas are still imported from Japan. They will have close to zero domestic content.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Paul

        "How many Americans benefit from that Ford Fusion made in Mexico. Not too many... a few management people, and a couple of hundred transportation and dealer people."

        Seriously dumb comment. The Fusion is sold by every Ford dealer and the money those thousands of dealers make benefits the thousands more they employ. Corporate profits from Mexican ASSEMBLED (with mucho American content), being used to create a GLOBAL Ford. That company that will be able to compete profitably anywhere in the world. And where will its global profits go??? Back to the U.S., where it will still build more of its vehicles than anywhere else on earth.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why is it that people have a a problem when the profits of cars made in the U.S. by Japanese companies go back to Japan, but not when American car companies build and sell cars in their overseas markets and the profits come back to the U.S? It's a bit hypocritical.
        • 5 Years Ago
        YTD Camry sales are 120k domestic, 3k imported. So that's insignificant.

        Corolla didn't make the list. About 20% of Corollas are imported.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "... based on their sales and percentage of domestic parts content." As in, toyota buys parts from, ahem, America; builds the car in, ahem, America; and pays, ahem, Americans to sell the car. Not to mention those working at, ahem, Toyota of America.

        By your comment, I'm afraid what you'll do when you find out how much of the computer you're posting on is [not] made in America.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is not a huge surprise.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As Randy or somebody else said a while back, "A Pontiac built in Australia is more American than a Honda built in Ohio". The D3 make a lot of their cars in America, and the ones they don't they make nearby in Canada or Mexico. The fact of the matter is that the D3 are based in America, so their profits stay in America. If Ford makes $500 million profit, they pay whatever the tax is on $500 million dollars to the American government. If Toyota makes that, it goes to Japan.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ alex


        I agree. Expecially since development makes up such a big percentage of the costs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Umm...... Toyota has design and engineering facilities here in California. Don't get me wrong I don't know where this car was designed. But it could have EASILY been designed, engineered, and built by Americans here in the U.S.



        • 5 Years Ago
        nope, no news here. If you want a competitive, long lasting, american made car spend that patriotic dollar on a camry. Plus it's a convenient topic to bring up whenever anyone talks about american build quality. It's not the workers, it's the decisions made at the higher levels, as cars like this and the X5 prove.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm not surprised either
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a lame metric which used things like Sierra/Silverado badging of the same vehicle against it because it technically is two separate models, kneecapping its rating.

        Geo
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree. It's the same exact vehicle. It shouldn't have been treated as two different models.
      • 5 Years Ago
      All those American made cars with fraction of the direct hires for the same marketshare.

      Riiiiiight.
      • 5 Years Ago
      5/10 are Japanese!? ...sorry had to state the obvious
      • 5 Years Ago
      It doesn't matter where the company HQ is, where their plants are and where they part source their parts from. The responsibility for sales should rest on the company's ability to deliver quality cars that people want to buy, not on consumers being "patriotic" and buying from the most "American" company.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I might add many 'American' companies move their 'headquarters' to the Cayman Islands and other similar locations to escape taxes and local regulations. How un-American is that?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think you meant, how patriotic is that, to move the HQ and not support
        the local community through taxes, local jobs and such?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Bob: you're comparing apples to cats. Let's face it, there are very few stores in this country that carry exclusively "American-made" items. It's not because American consumers don't want to buy "American-made" products; it's that they really don't have a choice in the matter. Big corporations like Walmart, Target, etc. carry products from China instead of similar products made in the U.S. because they are cheaper and therefore make more money for the company. They don't care one iota about the U.S., just the almighty dollar. It's all forced upon the American consumer.

        Moving your corporate HQ to a tax have like the Caymans is something different. You're not forcing something on the consumer, but simply trying to prevent the government from getting money that is rightfully theirs. Cutting taxes does nothing to help with civil infrastructure and police/fire services, which are necessary for a modern society. Cutting taxes will also do nothing to bring back jobs. Big companies will simply pocket the extra cash and keep doing what they are doing. They have no incentive to do otherwise.
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