• Oct 22, 2010
Which automaker do you think is the most "American"? Some might say Chevrolet, since they're the self-proclaimed Heartbeat of America. Others might say Ford since the Mustang is as iconic an American image as baseball and apple pie. What if we told you the answer might just be Hyundai? As of next year, 80 percent of the vehicles that Hyundai sells in the United States will be made here as well.

That number puts Hyundai above all other automakers in the United States. Ford and Chrysler don't have exact figures, but estimates for the two manufacturers puts them both below 80 percent as those two automakers assemble many of their popular vehicles in Canada and Mexico. General Motors says between 60 and 70 percent of vehicles sold in the United States are built here.

The numbers may be quite interesting, but of course they don't tell the whole story. The Big Three domestic automakers produce a much greater volume of vehicles in the United States when compared to Hyundai. For example, if GM built 66 percent of the vehicles it sold here in the states in 2009, it would triple Hyundai's projected U.S. output for next year.

These figures are also based solely on final assembly. This is important to note because the U.S.-based automakers routinely manufacturer portions of the car in the United States, but the final product might be assembled outside the country. Hyundai, on the other hand, does final assembly on 80 percent of its models, like the millionth vehicle built at its plant in Alabama seen above, right here in the U. S. of A.

[Source: CNN Money]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      thats all well and good, but the real jobs are making the parts, JUST THINK HOW MANY PARTS THERE ARE IN ONE AUTO, AND HOW MANY PEOPLE IT TOOK TO MAKE THOSE PARTS, AND GUESS WHAT THOSE PEOPLE THAT MADE THOSE PARTS WHERE PAYING INTO ss, AND TAXES
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dear Zucc:

        Have you ever heard the story of the lady who cleaned the executive offices at a Delphi parts plant. She was happy. She should be she was making $65K per year...not making parts.

        Another fellow was paid the handsome sum of $75K for caring for the lawns and flowers at another Dephi plant...not making parts.

        Is it any wonder then, that the folks making parts, cleaning offices and mowing lawns were unhappy when Delphi went bust. Yes, indeed. The moaning was long and loud.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bad move Hyundai. Building in the US is a great way to reduce your quality. Just ask Mercedes, BMW, Toyota and everyone else who have had their quality go down because of American labor.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ummm. Not really.

        What about Honda, they have been here since the 1970's and the Accord is still one of the most reliable vehicles on the road.

        It doesn't matter WHERE in the hell the vehicle is assembled, as long as it is built with quality components and materials. Machines (robots) assemble most of the vehicle anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      With the Yen as high as it is, I am surprised that the Japanese car makers aren't higher up the list than Hyundai.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How's that for marketing?... 100,000 mile warranties and remember that Assurance plan when times were rough? Killin it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Umm.. Both GM and Chrysler are part owned by the Canadian government. So shouldn't it be the most American/Canadian??
      • 4 Years Ago
      Reminds me of my '89 YJ Wrangler, an iconic American vehicle that was built in.... Canada.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Warren,

        Mustang's engine is built in Windsor, Ontairo which is spitting distance (over a river) from Detroit, as are many of the big 3's Canadian assy plants. This is vastly different than the difference between the U.S. and S. Korea or Japan. The economies of Canada and the U.S. are also much more closely tied.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My Chevy truck, built in Canada.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Hur dur reminds me of my iPod, iconic American technology assembled in the PRC"
        • 4 Years Ago
        American in this case refers to American Continent
        • 4 Years Ago
        My Ford Taurus...built in the USA

        My Pontiac Bonneville...Built in the USA


        You guys have to understand that Ford, GM, and Chrysler are global companies who have been building vehicles many years before brands like Hyundai began getting traction. What do you guys think they're suppose to do, close all their factories in Canada and Mexico overnight and put all these people out of work and have a very negative image in these countries. Remember, a lot of the vehicles assembled in American are exported to these same countries. It is how capitalism thrives.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How about some more modern definitively American muscle cars: Challenger (built in Canada), the Camaro (built in Canada), Mustang 5.0 (engine built in Canada).

        The definitive American police car, the Ford Crown Victoria? Built in Canada.
        The definitive American minivan, the Dodge Grand Caravan? Built in Canada.
        The definitive American limousine, the Lincoln Town Car? Built in Canada.


      • 4 Years Ago
      It always p!ssed me off when my friend's step dad used to blast me for driving a "foreign" car when my Accord probably has more American content than his Camaro...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Black&Blue nailed it.
        Canada & US trade fairly, with no outrageously lopsided trade surplus or deficit. These 2 nationsdo not diddle their currency exchange rates or trade policies to favor their home team, as the asians do. The Europens are fair-traders as well, thus I would have no problem buying an Eu car - they buy plenty of Fords & Opals & such. Is teems like it's the asians that are enjoying their economic conquest of the rest of the world, and our greedy exec's are getting paid off big-time to let it happen.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Michael: Ask yourself, and try to be honest this time, what would you answer should anyone ask you to name several Japanese or Korean automakers and several American icon car-brands...? You know Honda, Hyundai and Corvette would be among first two respectively.
      • 4 Years Ago
      By the look of some of the content on AB lately, I'm pretty sure Hyundai is paying some bills somewhere. Hyundai is one sneaky slimy company with crooks for Execs.. A match made in heaven!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        You want me to drive a Hyundai?
        • 4 Years Ago
        the only thing sneaky and slimy is your face... Ew.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It should be pointed out, that if you read the original article, this is a projection made by a Hyundai executive, assuming large increases in sales for the Elantra. The "real" number is something closer to 70% at the moment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My point is to consider the source...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Read the title. "Hyundai to be most American auto maker by NEXT YEAR?"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, what a misleading title for this article. Shame on you AB.
      • 4 Years Ago
      when is lamborghini going to move their factory over here? i want some cheap lamborghini!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai may soon assemble the largest percentage of cars here, but they will never be an American Automaker. Same for Honda, Toyota, Mercedes, BMW, Volkswagen. Kudos to Hyundai for building so many and such a large percentage of vehicles here, though.
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