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The most “American” car on the road? Toyota Camry

Want to buy American and keep it for a while? Go for a Ford.

by on Jun.29, 2016

The 2016 Toyota Camry is the "most American" car in the United States, according to's latest American-Made Index.

For the second year in a row the Toyota Camry is the “most American” vehicle on U.S. roadways, according to’s annual American-Made Index.

The index determines the most American vehicle based on factors such as American-made parts content, location of the final build and overall sales. In order to get on the list, vehicles must have at least 75% of their parts produced domestically.

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This is the stumbling block for most vehicles. In fact, only eight vehicles made this year’s list, and five of the eight come from foreign nameplates. The last time an American vehicle topped the list was in 2014 when the Ford F-150 was top dog; however, less than 75% of its components are made in the U.S. (more…)

Where Do the Most “Patriotic” Car Buyers Live?

Motorists in Detroit, St. Louis, Cleveland most likely to buy Big Three, while LA loves imports.

by on Jul.06, 2011

Midwest buyers remain the most loyal to the traditional domestic auto brands.

“Buy American?” it’s not always easy to figure out what an American car is, these days, considering your Chevy may come from Korea, while your Kia may have been built in West Point, Georgia.  But if you’re looking for the communities where shoppers are most likely to purchase one of the Big Three brands, Midwest motorists remain the most loyal to domestic automakers, while those in California and other West Coast communities are overwhelmingly import oriented.

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The gap can be significant: in major Midwest markets, Detroit’s Big Three brands routinely capture more than two-thirds of new car sales, while three in four shoppers on the Left Coast turn to either Asian or European marques.

But domestic industry officials insist they’re seeing a shift in momentum, especially as they launch new small, fuel-efficient models that are beginning to gain traction even in import-centric California.


Who Builds the Most “American” Cars?

A hint: Chrysler lags the list.

by on Jul.05, 2011

The 200 is the only American-made model bearing the Chrysler brand badge.

There’s been a lot of talk about the comeback of the “American” auto industry in recent months.  And if you’re specifically discussing Detroit’s so-called Big Three, there are clearly signs they are on the mends following the near collapse of the Motor City in 2009.

But what really defines an American car company?  These days, you’re likely to see TV commercials from a variety of brands all claiming that patriotic designation.  BMW, Toyota, Hyundai, Subaru and Volkswagen are among the many foreign-owned makers who have emphasized their U.S. plant in a series of spots aired in recent months.

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Clearly, the definition has blurred now that there are more than a score of “transplant” assembly plants operating on U.S. shores.  So, that got the folks at Consumer Reports looking more closely at the list of products you’ll find at nearby showrooms to see which models actually roll off American assembly lines.

The non-profit publication counted 101 mainstream vehicles that qualified – though the number expanded significantly if you counted all the various trim packages. And when it came to which makers led and lagged there were some surprises.


Buy American?

Survey suggests buyers might be ready to re-embrace Detroit.

by on Sep.03, 2009

Better products, like the new Ford Fusion Hybrid - rather than jingoistic slogans - may be why more motorists now say they're ready to "Buy American."

Better products, like the new Ford Fusion Hybrid - rather than jingoistic slogans - may be why more motorists now say they're ready to "Buy American."

It’s become a tired cliché.  “Buy American,” a phrase trotted out by generations of Detroit executives hoping to win back the motorists who’ve increasingly shifted, over the years, to Asian and European imports.

“Buy America,” proclaimed Lee Iacocca, hoping to head off bankruptcy with 1980’s first automotive bailout.  “Buy America,” crowed his successors, one by one, all the way up to the Cash-for-Clunkers program which, it turned out, sold a lot more Japanese sheet metal than Detroit iron.

But could American buyers really be ready to embrace the concept, once again, and turn to Motown for their transportation needs?

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That’s the rather surprising indication of a new survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.  In a first-ever survey of motorist intentions, it found that 81% of new-car buyers said they would be likely or very likely consider a Detroit product, compared with just 47% who said the same thing about an Asian model, and 46% who’d similarly consider a European offering.