American manufacturing seems to be making a comeback, albeit somewhat slowly — and one of America’s most prominent industries has long been automobiles. Despite losing their edge in the past few decades and struggling against foreign competition from around the globe, the last couple of years have shown that American car companies are putting themselves back on top. Here are some highlights that you can look forward to for this year.
We chose not to include cars from the Chrysler Group as they are now owned wholly by Italian firm Fiat SpA, despite that it is still headquartered in the U.S. and the family of brands — Jeep, Dodge, and Chrysler — do employ numerous American citizens.
The following are not ranked by any specific measure, and this is by no means intended to be a comprehensive list, but here are seven cars from American companies that are helping lead the charge back to American automotive dominance.
1. Ford F-150
With its innovative aluminum modular design and Ford’s (NYSE:F) powerful turbocharged EcoBoost engines, the new 2015 F-150 is aiming to set a new standard among gasoline-powered pickups for efficiency. Swapping out the steel for aluminum is saving as much as 700 pounds, this allows the truck to boast a higher payload rating and enhance fuel economy, handling, and performance when it isn’t lugging around a full load.