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IWISHIHAD  - posted
The 2014 American-Made Index

By Kelsey Mays, Cars.com

What Are the Top American-Made Cars?


Cars.com's American-Made Index rates vehicles built and bought in the U.S. Factors include the percentage of parts considered domestic under federal regulations, whether the car is assembled in the U.S. and U.S. sales. We disqualify models with a domestic-parts content rating below 75 percent, models built exclusively outside the U.S. or models soon to be discontinued without a U.S.-built successor.



Rank

Make/Model

U.S. Assembly Location

Last Rank



1.

Ford F-150

Dearborn, Mich.;
Claycomo, Mo.

2.

Toyota Camry

Georgetown, Ky.;
Lafayette, Ind.


3.

Honda Odyssey

Lincoln, Ala.



4.

Toyota Sienna

Princeton, Ind.



5.

Toyota Tundra

San Antonio, Texas



6.

Toyota Avalon

Georgetown, Ky.



7.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Bowling Green, Ky.


8.

Honda Ridgeline

Lincoln, Ala.


9.

Honda Crosstour

East Liberty, Ohio


10.

Dodge SRT Viper

Detroit



Excludes hybrid variants. The Camry excludes the related Venza; the F-150 excludes the related F-Series Super Duty.

Sources: Automaker data, Automotive News, dealership data, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration



Strong sales and continued domestic-parts sourcing kept the Ford F-150 and Toyota Camry in the top two spots in Cars.com's 2014 American-Made Index, but the order below that has changed. GM's Michigan-built three-row crossovers (the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia) had taken at least one spot for the last three consecutive years, but their domestic-parts content fell below 75 percent in 2014. The Dodge Avenger sedan, meanwhile, placed third last year but faces immediate discontinuation without a clear successor and is disqualified.

The 2014 list has four newcomers: the Chevrolet Corvette, Honda Ridgeline, Honda Crosstour and Dodge SRT Viper. This is the first year any of those have made the list.

That's because only these 10 cars were eligible for the AMI, the fewest in the study's nine-year history. For the 2014 model year, just 13 models assembled in the U.S. have domestic-parts content of 75 percent or higher, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but three of those, including the Avenger, were disqualified because they're being discontinued. In the 2013 model year, 14 cars met that threshold. Twenty cars met the threshold in the 2012 model year, and 30 cars met it a year before that.

Editor's Note

In today's global economy, there's no easy way to determine just how American a car is. Many cars built in the U.S., for example, are assembled using parts that come from elsewhere. Some cars assembled in the U.S. from largely American-made parts don't sell well, meaning fewer Americans are employed to build them. Cars.com's American-Made Index recognizes cars that are built here, have a high percentage of domestic parts and are bought in large numbers by American consumers.

Domestic-parts content stems from Congress' 1992 American Automobile Labeling Act, which groups the U.S. and Canada under the same "domestic" umbrella. It's one of the bill's imperfections, but the AALA is the only domestic-parts labeling system car shoppers can find on every new car sold in America. Other domestic-content ratings — namely those used for the North American Free Trade Agreement and the corporate average fuel economy programs — are unpublished, give a simple over/under indication or lump even more countries, like Mexico, into the "domestic" pool.

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raybond  - posted
I just bought a new ford f-150 I am glad to see that most of it is made in the USA.
 
CashCowMoo  - posted
I love the F-150. I know Ford makes cars in Mexico too which I wish they wouldnt. Funny how many Toyotas are made here, but its jobs so I dont mind at all. They didnt even need unions to be successful and pay good wages either.
 
buckstalker  - posted
quote:
Originally posted by CashCowMoo:
I love the F-150. I know Ford makes cars in Mexico too which I wish they wouldnt. Funny how many Toyotas are made here, but its jobs so I dont mind at all. They didnt even need unions to be successful and pay good wages either.

As usual...you don't have a clue what you spew
 
CashCowMoo  - posted
quote:
Originally posted by buckstalker:
quote:
Originally posted by CashCowMoo:
I love the F-150. I know Ford makes cars in Mexico too which I wish they wouldnt. Funny how many Toyotas are made here, but its jobs so I dont mind at all. They didnt even need unions to be successful and pay good wages either.

As usual...you don't have a clue what you spew
Explain
 
IWISHIHAD  - posted
So we think we are really buying American made, but what percentage are we really buying?

When we try and support American made products, many times we are getting ripped off.

I wonder where my Chrysler fits in, Toyota?

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CashCowMoo  - posted
quote:
Originally posted by IWISHIHAD:
So we think we are really buying American made, but what percentage are we really buying?

When we try and support American made products, many times we are getting ripped off.

I wonder where my Chrysler fits in, Toyota?

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Sedan, SUV, Truck?
 
IWISHIHAD  - posted
Sedan.
 
CashCowMoo  - posted
quote:
Originally posted by IWISHIHAD:
Sedan.

Well Iwish I hear you on sometimes you felt getting ripped off. Sometimes it seems like Japanese auto makers are better at making and selling american cars than US auto makers.

I drive a Ford sedan for now. I have had numerous different makes and models over the years. Japanese and American. I think for trucks I would like to stick with the F series pickup, but then again the Toyota Tundra V8 is a pretty awesome truck.

As for sedans I have had really good performance with Honda accord, and the Lexus sedans. Have had a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Mustangs, Camaro, and a jeep cherokee regular. All were very costly over time with maintenance. The Honda and Lexus never gave me problems.
 
IWISHIHAD  - posted
The car/cars I have had lately have been great. I have the 300 model and it has 112,000 on it since 2012. I had one before and got rid of it at 150,000 with very little problem.

How i have put that many miles on this one over several years i am not sure, but i still like driving.

My only point was that we think we are buying American made manufactured products some times, yet when we look closer a lot is done outside of the US.

On the other hand, we see that a so called foreign product is more American made than the one that should be American made.

Who would have thought Toyota would be more American made than Chrysler?


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CashCowMoo  - posted
Yeah its not like the 1980s when buying American meant GM or Ford.

Check out Fords manufacturing global locations:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ford_factories
 
CashCowMoo  - posted
Did anyone see this story?


Mexico bound? Ford moving two key models out of Michigan


DETROIT -- "Ford said Thursday it will move production of the Focus and C-Max small cars from its Michigan Assembly Plant in 2018, with union officials saying they were told the work will leave the U.S.."


"In 2014, automakers announced $18.25 billion in additional investments in North America. The breakdown: almost $10.5 billion for the U.S., $7 billion in new projects for Mexico, and a single $750-million project for Canada, according to the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor.

That is on top of the 18 plants already in Mexico, and there are least five more planned or under construction. Mexico has seen a 40% increase in auto jobs since 2008 to 675,000 last year while the U.S. saw only a 15% increase in the same period to more than 900,000.

Earlier this year, Ford announced it will spend $2.5 billion on new engine and transmission plants in Chihuahua and Guanajuato, in central Mexico, creating 3,800 jobs."


The rest at:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2015/07/09/ford-focus-cmax-mexico/29921 307/
 



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