Consumer Reports make/model table – Click above to see entire article

Thanks to its countless hours of research and testing, Consumer Reports is able to provide detailed and accurate assessments of pretty much every new car out there. Some of the data they compile results in the all-important reliability and safety ratings.

On the other hand, some of the stuff they come up with is a little more trivial. Like how many American-made individual models each automaker produces. Not important, but kind of a fun fact to flex your car knowledge muscles with. The list was compiled by counting each automaker's list of individual models. In other words, the Honda Civic counts toward Honda's total, but the Civic Si does not.

For 2011, Ford and Chevrolet top the list with 12 each, followed by Toyota at nine and Honda and GMC at eight. General Motors topped the corporate ladder with 21, followed by FoMoCo with 14 and Chrysler with 12.


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      CBJMNWLD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it me or shouldnt the GM count be 27? 3 for Buick. 4 for Caddy, 12 for Chevy and 8 for GMC? That equals 27 not 21...
        Jojeeka
        • 3 Years Ago
        @CBJMNWLD
        This is quite obvious what most likely happened. Some body at CR drank the kool aid and wanted to show how much more American the Japanese were and when the numbers came out with GM so blatantly ahead they realized they had to add the "recommended" column. Count total plants in U.S. (last I remembered GM had 54) and it isn't even a contest. After skewing with the "recommended" column show division break down and not company break down and next thing you know it looks close. No indicator of what division goes with what company and the average American is hoodwinked if you ask me; otherwise, the title on CR's site should have been "Top Recommended (By CR) Car Divisions Assembled in U.S." Yes, sounds like crap but it is what it is.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        lemonite
        • 3 Years Ago
        Those are just the US-built models, which are probably the X6, X3, and a 7-series /Snark off
        don
        • 3 Years Ago
        Lol, any BMW recommended by CR wouldn't be one I would want. lol what?
      Rich M.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Imported from Detroit"? the tag line should be "Imported TO Detroit"
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM. Korea. Daewoo. Nuff said.
        IBx27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        I don't believe I've ever seen a rating of -21, and I post negative opinions towards hyundai/kia in their threads.
        caddy-v
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        stclair, forrest gump, bozo the clown. Nuff said
          • 3 Years Ago
          @caddy-v
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      Master Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's too expensive for some manufacturer's to produce vehicles in this country if they have to deal with unions, hence the majority of the foreign factories are in the south, while those in the north are fleeing to Canada and Mexico to produce their vehicles. While some factories are being built here so some manufacturer's avoid the "Chicken tax" (Tundra, Titan).
      Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm more concerned with production in North America versus solely the US. But whether a car is recommended by CR or not is of absolutely no concern whatsoever. Their biased and flawed methods are a joke.
      ack154
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wouldn't it be more interesting to see total models offered vs models built in the US? I don't give two craps which ones CR recommends and which they don't. Especially the % of US built models that it recommends.
        goVintage
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ack154
        Here is the percentage of domestic content list by model. Interesting to see where these models land. http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site36/2010/0814/20100814_105542_Carsbypercent1.pdf
      JimV
      • 3 Years Ago
      With less and less products being manufactured in this country, why would you not consider this important?
        ack154
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JimV
        Because they're only giving stats based on which ones they recommend. Not the manufacturer as a whole. I'd rather see the percentage of models each brand manufactures here vs elsewhere. Not CR recommendations manufactured here vs not recommended.
          JimV
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ack154
          I understand that it's just the CR recomended vehicles, but unimportant? I wouldn't call it that.
      blackemblem
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool story, bro. How is this information relevant to consumers and car enthusiasts?
        ilmhmtu
        • 3 Years Ago
        @blackemblem
        This article may not directly influence which car you or I buy, but I still find this very interesting. Also, there are quite a few people who care deeply about whether or not their purchases will contribute to the US economy more.
          autoboi03
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ilmhmtu
          What's the point in contributing to the US economy when the US vehicle one might buy is more apt to messing up or being a lemon? Here's the American motto on American cars... "Buy American... So you can pay over and over to fix it ~ thus keeping $$$ in our hands!" I'd buy a Buick though! They're really stepping up their game!
      ilmhmtu
      • 3 Years Ago
      Buick is doing really well. I hear that they're making some pretty big strides. I hope everything continues to go this way.
      eliotsmeliot
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know what is more concerning, the results of the CR data, or the fact that you thing the data is trivial.
      kpetree
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think there is a mistake here... Infiniti does not manufacture any of their models in the US. The QX56 used to be made in Mississippi where it shared the platform with the Armada but has since switched to the Nissan Patrol platform and production moved to Japan.
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