Still got that fireworks-induced, patriotic buzz going on? This might help keep you seeing red, white and blue a bit longer. Of the 15 most productive auto plants in the States, Automobile Magazine says the top two spots – and more than half the total tally – are occupied by American car companies.

Ford and its Kansas City and Dearborn plants claimed the top two slots for 2011. The Kansas City plant turned out an impressive 460,338 vehicles last year. Most of that (321,322) were 2012 Escape models with the remainder made up of 135,039 F-Series trucks and 3,977 Mazda Tribute models.

In Dearborn, Ford built 343,888 F-Series pickups and 473 Lincoln Mark LT trucks.

For the No. 3 spot, head south to Alabama, where Hyundai cranked out 227,663 Sonata and 114,499 Elantra sedans for a total of 342,162 vehicles.

Just up the road in Smyrna, Tennessee, is Nissan and its first North American plant where 333,392 cars, trucks and SUVs were built in 2011. Besides Nissans, though, the Smyrna workers also built 2,415 Suzuki Equator pickups which are based on the Nissan Frontier.

A little further north in Georgetown, Kentucky lies the largest Toyota plant outside of Japan. The bulk of the plant's 315,889 output was made up of the Camry sedan.

Check out the remaining 10 below.
  1. Ford (Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, MO) - 460,338
  2. Ford (Dearborn Truck Plant, Dearborn, MI) - 342,162
  3. Hyundai (Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Plant, Montgomery, AL) - 342,162
  4. Nissan (Nissan North America, Smyrna, TN) - 333,392
  5. Toyota (Georgetown, KY) - 315,889
  6. General Motors (Fort Wayne, Roanoke, IN) - 307,454
  7. Honda (Marysville Auto Plant, Marysville, OH) - 285,258
  8. Kia/Hyundai - (Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, West Point, GA) - 282,316
  9. General Motors - (Lordstown Complex, Warren, OH) - 279,674
  10. General Motors - (Fairfax Assembly Plant, Kansas City, KS) - 279,250
  11. General Motors - (Lansing Delta Township, Lansing, MI) - 277,277
  12. BMW (BMW Manufacturing Co., Spartanburg, SC) - 277,074
  13. General Motors (Arlington, TX) - 269,624
  14. Honda - (Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, Lincoln, AL) - 264,324
  15. Ford - (Chicago Assembly Plant, Chicago) - 262,730


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      Darrin
      • 2 Years Ago
      What about Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant? Surely we built 300k+ Every Super Duty and every Expedition/Navigator.
        Dane Grant
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Darrin
        They are building the new Escape now....
          chipn22
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dane Grant
          Louisville Assembly Plant is building the new Escape. Kentucky Truck Plant builds the Super Duty, Expedition, and Navigator. The plants are both in Louisville but are many miles away from each other and not connected.
      onegrndude
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey.....those foreign auto plants are here! cuz America has the best employees .... yes, and the newer plants. It is all about free markets, free choices and a global economy. If you don't understand that or don't accept it you are SOL. Because that is the way it is. America is the leader in technology. and that means our work force needs higher and better education. Parents, both of you, get with the program. Keep your kids in school, learning, so they have what it takes when they GRADUATE!!!!!
      Robert
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't believe government motors (GM) was'nt any higher. Especially after the Billions of tax dollars invested.
        Dane Grant
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Robert
        I can't believe the banks aren't offering loans to people who need them... They got billions and want more... FYI... Fox News isn't news... It is entertainment.... Where do you get your info?
        alohafidlr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Robert
        If GM hadn't received gov't assistance (which they've repaid) they wouldn't be around, and thousands would be out of work. Romney would have let them go bankrupt. Is that what you'd prefer?
          Al
          • 2 Years Ago
          @alohafidlr
          They partially repaid our government with a loan from Canada. http://i605.photobucket.com/albums/tt133/corolla_2nr/bdef4a81.jpg?t=1311209646
          axiomatik
          • 2 Years Ago
          @alohafidlr
          Sorry to burst your bubble, but Obama had nothing to do with Pontiac or the dealers closing. GM and Chrysler were begging for bailouts before Obama was sworn in. The Big 3 were structurally weak before the recession. The recession would have destroyed them if it weren't for government assistance.
      Steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      Several so called "experts" that comment on Autoblog that always rant that ALL GM's and Ford's are made in Mexico and Canada. These "experts" obviously are full of it and don't know what they are talking about.
      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      And didn't AB just post a re-report on how imports make up the majority of cars and autos built in the USA? Ahhh, the facts are always different depending on what post you read!
        Rayvan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Randy
        No, they posted a reference to a very incorrect, badly researched, and opinionated article by Cars.com.
      gjterranov
      • 2 Years Ago
      GM's poor showing on this list may be due to GM's emphasis on it's becoming CHINA MOTORS! http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=Lvl5Gan69Wo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gjterranov
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        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gjterranov
        @gjterranov What in the world are you talking about? 5 of the 15 plants are GM plants, a full 33%, the most plants of any automaker by a sizable margin.
      vaua70
      • 2 Years Ago
      I notice most factories in the US they don't wear uniforms why is that? make the company look more professional and better image
      cowboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Evidently they didn't include the Ford motor Co. KY. TRUCK PLANT .. we build the F-250 through F-550's along with the expedition and navigator .. plus check out our quality .. buy from an American Co.how many of your grandparents or parents even considered a foreign car?? They knew supporting their neighbors jobs.. guess that is why we have no middle class.. right to work is a pretty name for the rich to get richer .. where will your kids be working and will this still be America or an extension of Japan and or China.. Thanks to all of you for buying our products we ARE FORD PROUD.. COWBOY BRAMER KY. TRUCK PLANT STAMPING DEPARTMENT
        paulwilson05
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cowboy
        What Ford car models are built in the U.S. Taurus and Focus right?
          chipn22
          • 2 Years Ago
          @paulwilson05
          Paul, Ford builds the following in the US: F150-F550, Expedition/Navigator, Focus, Escape, Taurus/MKS, Mustang, and E-Series. The Transit van will soon be built in Claycomo, MO, and part of the 2013 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ production will shift from Mexico to Flat Rock, MI. Fun fact: Every brand new Ford pickup truck sold in the USA (F150, Super Duty, Ranger, Sport Trac, Lincoln Mark LT) from the 2004 model year to present has been built in the USA.
      1mike1
      • 2 Years Ago
      i would like too see a list of where all cars make and model are made. ford and g m has a lot of cars built out of this country. post a list so everybody could see for themselfs.
      Al
      • 2 Years Ago
      @gdwrch4fr So tell me why GM didn't show up on the top 5 list of the most "american" cars? Obviously because they didn't have a high enough percentile of american made parts in their cars and trucks. Also, state your reason why ford uses less american parts than gm? Well they dont. http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2012/07/four-of-top-five-most-american-cars-are-japanese.html All three of those GM products are the same exact rebadged SUV.
        gdwrch4fr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Al
        Never said which single model had the most American content.......Read slowly and carefully and maybe you'll understand. GM has more plants employing more Americans using more American parts than anybody else on the list....highlight "OVERALL".
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Al
        The last time domestic parts content was calculated across each automaker's entire fleet of vehicles, GM came in first at 69% American parts content, Ford came in second with 64%, and Chrysler came in third with 60%. Honda came in fourth with 58% and Toyota came in fifth with only 44% American parts in their cars. Toyota has a few very American models like the Camry and Tundra and many VERY Japanese cars like their entire Scion lineup and their entire Lexus lineup (except the RX which is assembled in Canada). The Camry has more than 75% American parts but because it sells so well that made it score so high on the cars.com list of "most American cars".
      Michael Kowalski
      • 2 Years Ago
      GM produced over 1.4 million vehicles in the US and occupied a third of the top 15 slots, and no one else was even close. Other than Fords mega plant, the plants were all fairly close to each other. Ford who was second in overall total, had over 1.06 million.
      MaryAnn & Ronnie
      • 2 Years Ago
      GM has a super nice plant in Shreveport,La. and is the third newest one built, and also has a stamping plant,capable of building just about any vehicle needed but GM chose to close it. What a waste of resources. ( GM Politics)
        magnetic141
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MaryAnn & Ronnie
        and their wonderful union is responsible for having the facility closed.....
        semperfitexan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MaryAnn & Ronnie
        Lots of dealerships and plants were closed and GM filed bankruptcy anyway . Obama didn't save anything ,thousands and thousands lost their jobs ,homes ,everything . the Unions had nothing to do with it ,the 1000 closed dealerships were not union . a dealership has from 50 to 500 employees . Each employee is a family . Thanks for putting your nose in something you knew nothing about ,Obama . They could have all done what Ford did .
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