American made Corvette photo
As America gets ready to celebrate the 4th of July, it seems only appropriate to ponder this question: what cars can truly call themselves American? Which rides get to wear the red, white and blue?
Well, it all depends on who you ask. The answers might surprise you. Working off various research, we have developed the list of the Top 5 American Made Cars.
Traverse American made photo
Fred Dubois, an associate professor at American University, has developed the Made in America Auto Index. It is based on factors like data compiled from publicly-disclosed American Automobile Labeling Act (AALA) reports as of February 2015 as well as where the profit goes, where the car is actually built, and production of things like the transmission and engine.
Cars.com has also come out with its list. It bases its research on things like domestic-parts content(percentage of a vehicle’s parts considered to be domestic, meaning built in the U.S. or Canada), final assembly point and overall vehicle sales.
SEMA Camry American made photo
Combing through both sets of research we identified 5 vehicles common to both:
• Chevrolet Traverse
• GMC Acadia
• Buick Enclave
• Chevrolet Corvette
So, which is the 5th on our list? Based on the Cars.com list, it’s the Toyota Camry. The American motoring sheeple buy it in droves. It’s made in Kentucky. Plus, it’s the number one foreign OEM vehicle on the Dubois list.
Notice something missing? It’s the Ford F-150. It’s tied for 12th on the Dubois list (by golf tournament standards) and doesn’t make the Cars.com list. How can the number one selling vehicle in the U.S. be so un-American?
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