The automotive manufacturing sector is more globalized than it has ever been. This is not to say that there is still no national pride for local brands, whether in Germany, Japan or the United States. There are certainly a lot of car buyers in America who prefer to buy products made in the United States, but what are the cars really American?
For years, Cars.com has compiled an annual list showing the most American vehicles. Called the American-Made Index (AMI), it uses a complex methodology that includes the location of the final assembly, the content of the parts, the origin of the engines and transmissions, and the number of American employees in a automaker compared to the number of vehicles it builds in America. . This last piece is actually different from previous reports which considered Sales instead of produced vehicles. As such, Cars.com advises that the 2020 study should not be compared apple to apple with previous reports.
With that in mind, which vehicles are the most American for 2020? The Ford Ranger, which ironically hasn’t been sold in the U.S. in its current form for several years, tops the list. It should be noted that even this most American vehicle is still not a 100% American vehicle. The content of American parts for the Ranger is 70%, and of course it is built at the Ford assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan.
The report doesn’t go into similar details on other vehicles, but it lists the Jeep Cherokee as number two, followed by Tesla in third and fourth positions for Model S and Model 3. This is the first year that Tesla is participating in the report, with all of its vehicles built in Fremont, California.
Interestingly, Honda, based in Japan, occupies the next three positions with the Odyssey, Ridgeline and Passport. All built in Lincoln, Alabama, and with trendy metrics, Honda significantly overtakes Detroit-based automakers in several vehicle segments. The Chevrolet Corvette takes eighth place, the Tesla Model X and the Chevrolet Colorado completing the top ten.
The 2020 list includes 91 vehicles on its most American list, but we suspect that American buyers – and in particular pickup truck buyers – are curious about where the best-selling full-size truck lineup is in Detroit. We already know that the Honda Ridgeline has landed in the top 10, along with the Ranger and the Colorado. But you have to go to 44th position for the Ford F-150. The Ram 1500 was just behind in 47th place, and the Silverado was far ahead, at number 77.