What’s claimed to be a unique website is now offering consumers a way to quickly learn what products best support the U.S. economy.
Beginning today, a rating system at AmericasGotProduct.com is used on every automobile available in the United States. Viewers can see where the model was built, whether or not it has a minimum of 50% American parts, or whether or not the company has domestic headquarters.
A four-star rating system is used at AGP that identifies what it claims is the financial footprint that each purchase leaves on the American economy. Starting with a report on the automotive industry, AGP rates the impact of each car model sold – both offshore and domestically produced.
The ratings at first glance appear to have some validity, and will no doubt be controversial, particularly among brands that are acting in a what critics claim is a predatory way to protect jobs in their home countries while selling here. For example, in awarding stars, the site says Audi a rates a zero. Other models from international brands rate mixed reviews.
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