• Jun 23, 2010

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It's that time once again for Cars.com to release its annual American Made Index. What constitutes an American-made car, however, is just as debatable now as it ever has been. That being the case, there are a number of notable changes since the last time the crew released its list.

First and foremost, the Toyota Camry is (somewhat ironically) still at the top of the American Made Index. But second place is a bit of a surprise, with the Honda Accord making a debut appearance in the runner-up position. Notably, it takes the place of the Ford F-150, which falls off the list entirely.

Why the sudden change? It seems the Accord now boasts a 75-percent American parts percentage (which is the minimum allowable to make this list) as it is now being assembled in two separate plants based in the United States. Ford's F-150, however, saw its American parts percentage fall from 80 percent down to just 55 percent – a scenario Ford calls "pretty common."

Ford does make a good presence on the AMI list, though, with both the Escape (third place) and Focus (fourth place) making a comeback after a brief disappearance the last time around. General Motors earns fifth place with the Chevrolet Malibu, which is GM's only vehicle on the latest AMI edition. Chrysler nabs number seven with the Dodge Ram 1500 and nine with the Jeep Wrangler.

See the complete American Made Index after the break, and check out additional commentary from Cars.com here.



[Source: Cars.com]

The Cars.com American-Made Index

1 Toyota Camry Georgetown, Ky.; Lafayette, Ind.
2 Honda Accord Marysville, Ohio; Lincoln, Ala.
3 Ford Escape Kansas City, Mo.
4 Ford Focus Wayne, Mich.
5 Chevrolet Malibu Kansas City, Kan.
6 Honda Oddyssey Lincoln, Ala.
7 Dodge Ram 1500 Warren, Mich.
8 Toyota Tundra San Antonio
9 Jeep Wrangler Toledo, Ohio
10 Toyota Sienna Princeton, Ind.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow so Japanese cars are more "American" than American cars
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, everyone has their own definition of what makes a car "American"

        Personally, mine has little to do with what country the monkeys screw together the parts in.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well if you count it that way, I personally find it kind of funny how many American cars are actually assembled in Mexico and Canada. :P

        On an unrelated side note, personally I found (at least for Honda) the assembly quality goes Japan > Canada > USA > Mexico. Not sure about other brands though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think I'd go with the Mitsubishi Galant as being the most outdated in the class. Man is that thing ancient
      Jim
      • 4 Years Ago
      Using a 10 to 1 scale to rate manufactures, I get Ford in first position with a rating of 15. Toyota and Honda are second with a 14 rating each. The other three, Chevy, Dodge and Jeep are much lower with ratings of 6, 4 and 2 respectively. MO Nerd
      • 4 Years Ago
      That does not change the fact that the profits do not come to America.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Boring car won again, at least it was made here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      American Toyota and Japanese Toyota are separate? Then why did the Japanese tell the American execs not to recall......until our NHTSA officials flew to Japan and forced them? Japan calls the shots, takes our dollars. Why do you think our economy's imploded? Because we support Japan, Korea and China. It wasn't just Wall Street greed. It was short-sighted Americans.......most unable to locate Canada on a map. "I'm screwing my fellow Americans and buying a non-stop Camry!"
        • 4 Years Ago
        'Why do you think our economy's imploded? Because we support Japan, Korea and China.'

        Yeah, we support them. We buy up all their Yen, Won, & Renminbi to prop up their economies. All they do is overconsume and start illegal, unfounded wars and we support their lavish, decadent lifestyles. Damn bastards, we buy all their currency and swallow their inflation and this is how they treat us.

        Pure ignorance. In the span of 50 years we've gone from revered to laughing stock.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The ignorance lies within us. We buy their products and ship our manufacturing jobs to them with one transaction. If they didn't service our debt we'd be even more screwed than we are now and they know it. The Chinese now have entirely too much say in our policies and they could cut off our credit.....except it would adversely affect their economy. Like Lenin said, they'll sell us the rope to hang ourselves. Foreigners supply our electronics. Let's not give them cars and trucks, especially the deadly ones that require a 911 call. Bush was elected in 2000 only because of an 18th century procedure for deciding elections. No, we can't have popular vote. We're stuck in the 1700s. Then the idiot is re-elected? By the majority of voters? Now THAT'S ignorance. And Bush's remark about Saddam before the invasion? "He tried to kill my father." So George, our troops have to fight your battles for you? And when he's told of the 9/11 attack at an elementary scholl he sits there for what, 7 minutes, unsure of what to do? Like a turd in the toilet bowl. We've got the government we deserve. So sit back and watch the implosion like the rest of the world.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Funny article and they would have to show me that its true, there are ways to make anything different on paper. Cars.com is owned by a "classified advertising company", so everyone knows they must be an authority on these subjects, ha hah ah ah, they also own motherproof.com so everyone can go get moms approval on this subject also, ha ha hah ah ha hah ah ah ah aha hahhahah ah ahahahhha hahah, funny stuff.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What about Chevy Silverado and its twin GMC?
        • 4 Years Ago
        the silverado has 62% usa/canada parts with 25% coming from mexico.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Made in Canada.
        • 4 Years Ago
        #1 in ugly, IMO.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually the Silverado in made in Michigan, Mexico, Canada and Indiana.

        Did the survey once again sale weight the results like they did last year?

        I am not shocked that content dropped on a lot of cars. Hundreds of autosuppliers went bankrupt in the US last year.

        Still - 55% on an F-150? That's pathetic.
        Brenda
        • 4 Years Ago
        2 of the top 3 american made cars are foreign cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just like how Buick is more Chinese than Chinese cars and Ford is more "British" than British cars (MG RIP).The Camry races in Nascar. That says it all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ugh...I'm not a fan of the new Camry. I had one as a rental when my car was in the bodyshop for repainting.

      Horrible cheap green plastic interior bugged me.

      I'd take a Sonata over this any day.
        • 4 Years Ago
        To be fair, the camry is the most outdated new car in its class. But when they sell so much who wouldn't milk it?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know exactly what you mean, Link. I went to the LA Auto Show the year that Camry came out, and I remember sitting behind the wheel, looking at that green plastic and thinking to myself, "This is hideous. Well, it should give the Americans a real chance to catch up."
        • 4 Years Ago
        dont forget fleet sales for rental shops and taxis. Lots of camrys. Also, alot of security guards for universities and malls and other big places use Camry hybrids.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It really bugs me when someone comes out and says "Well my Toyota was assembled in the USA, and your Ford was assembled in Mexico. My Toyota is more American than your Ford". That just burns my ass up. Just because your toyo is screwed together by american monkeys, and mine is screwed together by mexican monkeys makes no differnce. Toyota could put their global headquarters right in Washington DC, and they would still be an import. There are only two reasons Toyota, Nissan and the rest of them build cars in the states. First they get over the import taxes they used to have to pay to get them into the country. Secondly, the cars don't get all beat up on the boat ride over here. My dad worked in a Nissan dealership some in the 80's, they said they were fixing boat ride damaged stock all time. Ford is the brand to buy. Wiki Ford, look at the history, what Ford has acheived for this country and given back to us. Then Wiki Toyota, See what a boring company they are. You are nothing but sale to them. Now I know that all companies see us as sales in the long run, but come on open your eyes to the Blue light at the end of the tunnel. If you want a good read, read Henry Ford's My Life and Work. I did a college paper on it last year, and if you read in it you'll find that Ford talks about the lean manufacturing that supposedly toyota developed. Also buying Ford means supporting American engineering and technology. I came from a Machinist and CAD design family, and knowing that I am supporting American tradesmen in our ailing economy brings me great joy. If they all disappear the USA won't make it in the long run. Think about that, by buying that import, you are aiding another country, that might be an enemy in the future. And at the same time you are smacking AMERICA, and our future in the face. WOW hope some of that got thru to you guys. k thanks Bye.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And what if they were made in Mexico or Japan? What's wrong with a Japanese man feeding his kids too? I think I'll just buy the car I like the best. A lot of that includes build quality, which is most fair to the workers feeding families all over the world who can compete for my dollar.

        That's why I have a Ford. I don't think we need jingoism when we have a pretty good American automaker on the merits. If that means feeding Pablo instead of George, whatever.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Another college educated troll who trusts, of all things, Wiki for his facts. So, you did a paper on it last year. Then by all means you must be correct. Perhaps, you ate a little too much yellow cake uranium? Pull your head outta your a$$. That thing is not a teat, it's a hemmoroid. Learn to think critically and not just suck on what 'educators' feed you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And I hope you take a moment and reread what you wrote. Perhaps you will realize it makes little sense.

        There is an earlier poster that considers Ford a Chinese brand. It's only a matter of perspective and yours is skewed with jingo.

        I don't care how you stretch your facts, a Toyota car, designed and engineered in California (for an American audience) assembled in Kentucky and sold to Americans for the benefit of shareholders (call your broker and become one) is about as American as you can get.

        Go ahead and keep calling American workers monkeys. That should convince people to listen to you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The voting tells me that there is a market for bad ideas that include calling American workers monkeys (in the name of supporting America.) Maybe this would make sense to me if I watch Glenn Beck.

        If Ford builds parts in Mexico they are Mexican parts. I don't understand how you came to any other conclusion. If Toyota built parts in Mexico, would they be Japanese parts?

        Feelings trump logic in modern America. I don't see that going well for anyone.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmm, all this talk about profits not coming to America. Toyota and Honda are publicly traded, the "owners" of these companies are everywhere in the world. I personally like the fact that "imports" are built here using US parts, those factors keep my friends and neighbors employed. If the "American" automakers are building elsewhere and using foreign parts manufacturers any of that "profit" doesn't help me, my neighbor or the US economy, it probably goes to some shareholder who doesn't need the money and won't spend it anyway.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Just found this web. This should add fuel to the debate!

      www.howtobuyamerican.com/content/db/b-db-autos.shtml
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