The Cars.com American Made Index
As the import-domestic debate rages, many consumers are interested in spending their dollars stateside. As a way to help them figure out which cars are truly "domestic," Congress passed the American Automobile Labeling Act in 1992; it requires automakers to disclose the percentage, by cost, of U.S. and Canadian parts in most vehicles. The numbers are often listed on window stickers.
Experts say parts breakdown isn't the only thing consumers should consider. Steven Szakaly, an economist at the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Center for Automotive Research, said research, design and final assembly also factor into a vehicle's origins.
"The suppliers and designers of these cars are the people who are essentially servicing them," he said. "If your headquarters is in the U.S. and your headquarter and finance staff is here, you're obviously creating more jobs in the U.S."
Szakaly said buyers should also be mindful that a car's sales affect the number of manufacturing jobs it creates — and therefore play a key role in determining a car's domestic impact.
"If one car is out there with 90 percent parts (from the U.S. or Canada) and they're selling five of them, we don't care," he said.
|What are the top American-made cars?|
|Cars.com's American Made Index rates vehicles put together and purchased in the U.S. Factors include where the cars' parts are made, where the cars are assembled and how many were sold in the U.S. from Jan. 1 through May 31, 2006. Eligible models must have a domestic-parts-content rating of 75 percent or more, the minimum federal standard for a car to be labeled domestic.|
|Rank||Make/Model||U.S. Assembly Location(s)|
|1.||Ford F-Series*||Dearborn, Mich.;|
Kansas City, Mo.;
|2.||Chevrolet Silverado||Fort Wayne, Ind.;|
|3.||Toyota Camry**, Camry Solara||Georgetown, Ky.|
|4.||Ford E-Series||Lorain, Ohio|
|5.||Chevrolet Cobalt||Lordstown, Ohio|
Explorer Sport Trac
|7.||Chevrolet Malibu, Malibu Maxx||Kansas City, Kan.|
|8.||Ford Escape**||Kansas City, Mo.|
|9.||Toyota Sienna||Princeton, Ind.|
|10.||Chevrolet TrailBlazer***||Moraine, Ohio|
*Excludes Ford F-650, F-750