An American Family Goes American-Made on ABC News

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Buying American is a noble cause, but it can be difficult to do these days. Armed with’s American-Made Index, ABC News reporters David Muir and Sharyn Alfonsi joined the Stewart family from Hillsdale, N.J., as they shopped for a new car, looking for those that would create more jobs for American workers.

The Stewarts considered the Toyota Camry, which finished at No. 1 on the 2010 American-Made Index, and the Ford Escape, which landed at No. 3. ABC News headed to the Ford assembly plant in Kansas City, Mo., and the Toyota plant in Georgetown, KY., to find out which car created the most U.S. jobs. They considered three questions that are crucial to landing a car on our American-Made Index:

Is the car assembled here?

  • Toyota: Yes, it takes more than 6,000 American workers to build the Camrys we buy. 
  • Ford: Yes, it takes 2,250 workers to build the Escape. 

What’s the domestic parts content of each car?

  • Toyota Camry: 80% 
  • Ford Escape: 65% How many cars were sold in a given year? 
  • Toyota Camry: The best-seller sold 328,000 last year. 
  • Ford Escape: Just less than 200,000 were sold in 2010. 

Which car did the Stewarts buy? It wasn’t the Camry or the Escape. Instead, they purchased the redesigned Ford Explorer, which has an 85% domestic-parts content, according to ABC News. With that number, the Explorer might end up on’s 2011 American-Made Index. Check back on June 27 to find out which cars top our latest index.

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Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Newman is a journalist with more than 25 years of experience, including 15 years as an automotive journalist at Jennifer leads the Editorial team in its mission of helping car shoppers find the vehicle that best fits their life. A mom of two, she’s graduated from kids in car seats to teens behind the steering wheel. She’s also a certified car-seat technician with more than 12 years of experience, as well as member of the World Car Jury, Automotive Press Association and Midwest Automotive Media Association. LinkedIn: Instagram: @jennilnewman Email Jennifer Newman

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