The 2015 Cars.com American-Made Index
With the Fourth of July just a few days away, Cars.com has released its annual American-Made Index to rank the models in the US that could be considered the most red, white, and blue. Not only is this the shortest list ever with just seven models, but for the first time in two years the Ford F-150 isn't standing proudly on top. In fact, the truck doesn't make the cut at all because the new 2015 model year version drops below the survey's 75-percent domestically sourced parts cutoff. Instead, Toyota nabs the top two places with the Camry and Sienna, respectively.
General Motors is the only member of the Big Three to score models on 2015's index. The Chevrolet Traverse takes the bronze in third place, and the Honda Odyssey is behind it. The GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave, and finally the Chevy Corvette finish fifth through seventh, respectively.
To make the list, the criteria include that a model must be assembled in the US and have at least 75 percent of its parts domestically sourced. Sales also affect the ranking, which is part of the reason why GM's Lambda-platform SUVs earn separate positions. Factoring in production volume rather than the number sold leads to a nearly identical list with only the Sienna and Traverse swapping places.
At first glance at this study, you might think that there's a growing trend of dwindling US-sourced models. For example, last year Cars.com found 10 eligible vehicles, plus 14 in 2013 and 20 in 2012. However, rather than a sign of weakness, American auto production has been booming as of late. There were 101 models assembled here for the 2015 model year, and according to Cars.com Senior Consumer Affairs Editor Kelsey Mays to Autoblog, 57 of those used 60 percent or more domestically sourced parts. The latest F-150 was actually among them with around 70 percent American components, according to Mays.
Cars.com has been publishing the American-Made Index for the past nine years now. According to Mays, it keeps doing this research because the "Americaness" of models is "important to car shoppers." The company's surveys indicate that 28 percent of people report caring about buying domestic in 2015, compared to 23 percent five years ago. The Cars.com website includes additional charts and graphs to display this year's data.