Put on your flag shorts and Liberty Bell hat. Cars.com has released its American-Made Index, proclaiming that four out of the top five American-made vehicles are Japanese brands.

The Toyota Camry, built in Kentucky, was ranked the most American vehicle sold today, with the Michigan-built Ford F-150 coming in as the second-most American vehicle. The Honda Accord, Toyota Sienna and Honda Pilot round out the top five. And yes, all of these models are available in red, white or blue.

Cars.com's criteria for selecting the most American vehicle includes sales volume, percentage of American sourced parts and where the vehicle is assembled. Vehicles must have at least 75 percent domestic parts to even qualify for the list, which kept the F-150 off last year.

However, the accounting system devised by Cars.com was called "flawed" by the American Automotive Policy Council, which represents Detroit's car makers in Washington D.C.

"The truth is: Three of the 16 major automakers doing business in the US – Chrysler, Ford and General Motors – produce more than half the cars assembled here, use twice as many U.S. parts per vehicle than their competitors, are headquartered in the U.S. and employ two-thirds of America's autoworkers," said former Missouri Governor Matt Blunt, current president of the AAPC.

Nothing like using July 4 for political grandstanding.



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      dan_crabtree
      • 3 Months Ago
      look consumor digest has been in toyota and hondas back pocket for decades,as well as many other publications..while toyota and honda steal around ninety percent of all there designs from american automaker G>M..i know i was there in the sixties showing them how to steal designs..
      dan_crabtree
      • 3 Months Ago

      liberal loves anything asian made an owned

      Klinkster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Always a treat to watch threads like this from close-minded people stuck in the 1980's who failed to realize that it's a global economy now...protectionism is isolationism and ultimately economic decline. Last time I checked, anyone on the planet can own a piece of Government Motors, Fiat-Chrysler, Ford, Toyota, Honda, Apple, Samsung, Exxon, etc. and the shareholders tell management indirectly how to manage the company. So as much as it pains me to tell you this, but there are no "American" companies anymore.
        Randy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Klinkster
        Yeah anyone can own a piece but companies are still American. Lol Did you know Fox News is partially owned by a Saudi Prince? Hnmmm
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Randy
          [blocked]
          schizzle
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Randy
          Did you know that Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal owns 5% of Apple? And, that he also invested $300M in Twitter last year? Hmmmm
        MAX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Klinkster
        You need to tell the Japanese consumers that first. Even Hyundai had to withdraw from Japan.
          Synthono
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MAX
          The most popular car in Japan is the Suzuki Wagon-R. It is a small wagon with a 660cc engine in order to be covered under compact kei-car regulations. Name one non-Japanese Kei-car with more than two seats please. And learn a bit more about Japan-Korea relations before acting like Hyundai pulling out is remotely shocking. The two nations are constantly at odds with each other, often for good reasons.
        evannever
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Klinkster
        @Klinkster, If Randy were really stuck in the 80's he would be so sick of the crap that the "Big Three" automakers were putting out he would RUN to Toyota or Honda. No, Randy is stuck in some kind of misinformed backwater where ideas can be either black or white, but there is no nuanced truth. Though he is entertaining.
      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you are in war with another country, you are still American. If a foreign person in the US fighting a war, the person is still foreign. If an American car is built on Pluto its still American. If a.foreign car is built on US soil, its still foreign. Regardless of assembly, design or manufacturing a parent companies headquarters determines where the money ends up. Wherever that is is the country and economy you support when buying a car. Regardless of where it is built!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Randy
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        aarpagian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Randy
        Wow, you have no basic understanding of anything. For starters all these companies are publically traded, hence the money ends up with investors, yes and among the corporations no doubt, but the fact that anyone, anywhere can have shares of Ford, Toyota, GM, etc makes it less black and white than you say. You're saying that just because GM is based in Detroit, building the cars in Mexico and Canada does not support the Mexican and Canadian economies? Having automobile plants are huge for economies and being that they help the Mexican and Canadian economies so much they are Mexican and Canadian cars? Your examples contradict your very own argument. Lastly, Chrysler is owned by Fiat, so its headquarters technically is in Italy somewhere, so I guess using your logic, Chrysler is an Italian company, and they do not make American cars, but rather the Dodge Charger, Ram and other products of theirs are Italian cars. Yup, you make sense buddy!
          Steve
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aarpagian
          I don't agree with Randy's statement but a car built in Mexico or Canada has more USA part content than built in Japan or Korea and then shipped here. Also, parts that are supplied to cars built in Mexico or Canada are from suppliers based in the USA and use American labor (engineers) for the R&D of those parts along with setting up the processes in Mexico or Canada. I know this because as an engineer for an automotive parts supplier that supplies stuff to both foreign and domestic, I have 1st hand knowledge on this. For the Chrysler / Fiat, Fiat is the majority owner at abou 61% I believe but the majority of the R&D is done in Auburn Hills Michigan still. I have 1st hand knowledge on this too.
      psyabe
      • 2 Years Ago
      It never was and never will be patriotic to buy Japanese cars. Uncle Sam would never profit more from people buying Japanese over American. Even though they employ a few folks here, the profits still all go overseas. Think about it: Only a fraction of your money would go to American employees, and the rest would all go to CEOs, Engineers, Designers, Suppliers, Accountants, Marketers, and Executives OVERSEAS. Which of those 2 groups make more money? Which do you think the bulk of your cash will go to? The Big Three contribute a great deal to the American economy with or without their cars being built domestically. However states otherwise has been ill-informed. And whoever praises the build / quality of Japanese cars then scolds American cars needs a swift kick to the ass. The malaise era is far, far behind us. The 90s are far behind us. American cars today are a model of what quality cars should be. Reliability. Safety. Power. Luxury. Affordability. Economic. Stylish. They hit the nail on the head this time round and are showing no signs of slowing down. In contrast, Japanese cars' quality is slipping as is clearly illustrated by Autoblog's very own 2012 Camry review, and consumer reports' Civic rating. Furthermore reviews everywhere even on this site point out that the Japs are just living off the reputation forged 2 decades ago without putting in any serious thought. Here's an excellent website for more on learning why Japanese cars will never be 'American-made' howtobuyamerican (dot) com/bamw/bamw-111009.shtml Make well-informed decisions. Buy American. AMERICA!
        suthrn2nr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @psyabe
        FYI, unlike USA, executive pay in Japan is one of the lowest amongst industrialized nations. Also, you know nothing about large corporations if you think that a CEO and execs get payed more than the tens of thousands of workers combined. I would much rather my money go to the American line workers that struggle to feed their families than the rich greedy execs of Detroit.
        lne937s
        • 2 Years Ago
        @psyabe
        No- that is not how global corporations work. Profits do not go back to Japan. Japan is one of the few countries that actually has a higher corporate income tax and intentionally puts barriers in place to prevent repatriation of profits in order to keep the value of the yen down (as it has a production-based economy). Profits from US operations that are not distributed to global shareholders stay in US and are reinvested in US operations. In case you haven't noticed, transplants are expanding US production--not just assembly, but engineering, like Farmington Hills, MI Nissan Tech center that was recently hiring. And many of the transplant cars use a higher proportion Domestic parts content... which is actually the vast majority of what you are paying for when you buy a car. US-incoroporated wholly owned subsidiaries are expanding, creating thousands of US jobs in the past year with some like Nissan North America now being larger in terms of production and sales than Nissan Japan... with the gap widening due to planned American expansion and Japanese plant shut-downs. In terms of "Uncle Sam" profits, as the transplants are not carrying forward losses, they actually pay US corporate income taxes. If you want to be truly want to be patriotic, you need to be smarter than superficial brand bias... Read the label for where the car is made and where the parts come from. http://www.nhtsa.gov/Laws+&+Regulations/Part+583+American+Automobile+Labeling+Act+(AALA)+Reports
        404 not found
        • 2 Years Ago
        @psyabe
        psyabe: Are you retarded?
        Homer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @psyabe
        Yeah, feel good about paying GM and Ford executives tens of millions of dollars a year.regardless of whether their companies make money or not, whether they take care of their employees or shaft them.
        clquake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @psyabe
        Knowledge fail.
      varadarcop
      • 2 Years Ago
      This article is complete CRAP... C R A P. Why does the author keep making references to the health care system... what does healthcare have to do with a report about car parts???????? And let's not forget... Japanese cars are STILL Japanese cars... they are NOT designed in the US. They are not MADE in the US. They are simply ASSEMBLED in the US. Do you *really* think that Toyoduh designs cars in Japan, which are primarily sold in Japan... then says, "ok wait, we need to make sure our supplier in the US can get us x-number of speedometers, door handles, and transmissions to ship here by next week?" UMMMM...... NO. THey ship the parts to the US, they are assembled or created in the US, then call them "US made parts". Ford, GM and Chrysler, design, create, engineer, build and assemble vehicles right in the US... some are assembled in Mexico or Canada due to labor agreements previously made there to operate. They are still vehicles that were designed from the drawing board by Americans in the US. That employs a LOT more people in the US. Ford/GM/Chrysler employs over 4.1 million Americans. Foreign companies like Toyoduh, only employ 200,000. And they expect us to believe that they can do what the Big Three can't do, with a fraction of the employees? Come on now. If I need a part for my Lincoln, guess what, it comes from Michigan. Need a part for your Honduh, guess what! It comes from JAPAN. And...it costs a LOT more. If my dealer tech needs to call an engineer for advice on a repair, he calls Dearborn, Michigan. Case closed, cars.com.
        carfan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @varadarcop
        unfortunately varadarcop this site is INFECTED by all the Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky or wherever they are made, toyota shills I am firmly convinced that toyota actually pays these hicks to go out as an army of shills to put down every comment that defends the domestic car makers. There is no way a country can have that many idiots who actually believe that toyota or honda is an american company. Toyota should spend its money on quality control and design, rather than paid shills, recalls and government fines
        Rob J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @varadarcop
        It's hilarious that you think Ford, GM and Chrysler don't design MANY of their cars in Europe.
        nismo3112
        • 2 Years Ago
        @varadarcop
        It's amazing how out of touch you are with reality. There are Toyota vehicles that are desgined, and manufactured here in the U.S., using parts sourced from U.S. suppliers. This is not my opinion, this is a FACT.
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @varadarcop
        Also, since Toyota cars don't break down as much, their repair shops need fewer technicians thus generating fewer jobs.
        jase.s
        • 2 Years Ago
        @varadarcop
        Actually, the Camry was designed in the US at Toyota's design studio in California. Same with a few of their other models, especially in the Lexus line-up.
        goVintage
        • 2 Years Ago
        @varadarcop
        Before you write nonsense...do some research. I use Google. So before you make remarks like "they are NOT designed in the US. They are not MADE in the US" do a little searching on the Internet. Acura/Honda are designed here for example... http://world.honda.com/news/2006/c060327AcuraDesignCenter/
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      We Chinese people have the biggest heart in the world. This is why China shall dominate.
        Klinkster
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        China has biggest hearts because of ingesting dangerous levels of heavy metals from local water supply and food chain. China's quest to dominate will be muted by destructive mutation of "The Peoples" DNA. You need to travel outside your border to see the rest of the world before you claim domination. But I suspect you can't afford the 75,000 Yuan bond your Government demands to travel abroad...so we won't hold your ignorance against you. :)
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not only is China the biggest automaker in the world, it makes the finest electric bullet trains in the world and, come 2014, shall be manufacturing some of the finest global airliners in the world.
        TangoR34
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        Finest bullet train? You mean the one that copied TGV's technology?
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        Like the electric bullet trains that crashed killing many people. Chinese people even know that the government lied about how many people were REALY killed in that accident.
      Macvicar24
      • 2 Years Ago
      When did Toyota and Honda become American Companies? American cars are the ones bringing home the bacon to American Companies.
        Egon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Macvicar24
        For Honda, the answer would be '1979'. Today, 16,000 'muricuns are employed in Ohio by Honda (I'm pretty sure 'Ohio' is still part of 'America'). That includes R&D and assembly jobs. Another 40,000 punch timeclocks in Honda's supplier network. All told, they're the largest vehicle producer in Ohio. Don't let the facts get in the way of your story though...
      Rob J
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is just what we need, people with no business owning a truck buying F-150's just to be patriotic.
        Macvicar24
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rob J
        What happen to the freedom to purchase whatever the hell you want. You don't like trucks don't buy one. People that don't like freedom should give up their right and leave. Please.
          Rob J
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Macvicar24
          If one persons actions had no impact on another's life then I would agree with you. But we dont live in freaking la-la land. The more fuel a ******* in an empty super duty with nothing in the bed consumes, the more I have to pay to fuel my sensible car. The more he pollutes, the more I have to deal with the smog in my city. The more forign oil he imports the more I have to deal with wars over his "right" to fill up his tank. If you have any logical statements to refute those points, by all means share them. Otherwise get your head out of your "freedom" filled rear and think about how your decisions can impact others.
          darkness
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Macvicar24
          Yeah so tow something while you drive around to appease the loser who cant afford the truck you own, or ask the neighborhood if they all want to go to the grocery store because that makes sense.
        J*zz Muff
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rob J
        Or 8 MPG Ford Expeditions to drive themselves and nobody else around in, while towing nothing.
          Homer
          • 2 Years Ago
          @J*zz Muff
          What's more American than getting 8 MPG? America! **** yeah!
      brandon
      • 2 Years Ago
      NOOOOOO, BUT WE HAD TO SAVE GM BECAUSE THEY ARE THE ONLY AUTOMOBILE EMPLOYER OF AMERICANS. Buuuuuut, wait, their not. As I said many times before, the "domestics" don't makes as much here as the "Japanese" do. ANNNNNND, it's better quality.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brandon
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      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you are in war with another country, you are still American. If a foreign person in the US fighting a war, the person is still foreign. If an American car is built on Pluto its still American. If a.foreign car is built on US soil, its still foreign. Regardless of assembly, design or manufacturing a parent companies headquarters determines where the money ends up. Wherever that is is the country and economy you support when buying a car. Regardless of where it is built!
        nsxrules
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Randy
        People have a bad understanding of how money is processed through a corporation. A good profi margin for an auto manufacturer is ~5%. That means that at most the most money that say Toyota can send from cars designed, built and sold in the US to "headquarters" is 5 cent out of every dollar (and that money will be taxed if it's sent out of the country) which means the other 95 cents stays in the US. Conversely when "American" cars are built in Mexico or Canada the same is true, 95 cents stays in Mexico or Canada and 5 cents comes to the US.....
          Steve
          • 2 Years Ago
          @nsxrules
          Working for an auto parts supplier as an engineer for both domestic and foreign vehicles I can say that when working with the Japanese car companies, I am working with JAPANESE ENGINEERS that are IN JAPAN! I communicate with them thru email and conference calls (with interpretors). When working with Chrysler, Ford, and GM, I will do a lot of traveling to Dearborne, Warren, and Auburn Hill's Michigan where most of their R&D is one. During the launch of a new product, The Japanese companies will send a group JAPANESE engineers to our plants with 1 American SQE and an interpretor. And for every domestic car built in Canada or Mexico, I can name 2 to 3 foreign cars that are built in Canada, Mexico, Japan, or Korea! Sorry to burst your bubble....
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Randy
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