10 Most American-Made Vehicles for 2014
It’s no surprise that the United States has come to rely on China, India, and other emerging economies for labor and supplies, as these countries can produce the volume of components that the American market demands at a price that keeps the end product in a range that we here consider to be affordable.
However, there has been a resurgence in demand for American-made goods, as the foreign-made strategy has turned into a crutch for U.S.-based manufacturers. With the real-world effects sinking in — the outflow of jobs, the drain on the national economy — buyers are becoming increasingly aware of where the products they buy are sourced from. There is no exception to this when it comes to automobiles, as automakers both foreign and domestic have been investing heavily in the American workforce and supply chain.
Using information from Part 583 of the American Automobile Labeling Act, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has ranked a whole slew of cars and trucks by the percentage of their components sourced from the U.S. or Canada. You can check out the full list, plus the rules and requirements used to determine the rankings, here.
Here are the leading vehicles for 10 categories that sport the highest percentage of Canadian and U.S.-sourced parts for 2014. The following list is not ranked by any specific measure, other than product category.
1. Minivan: Honda Odyssey
Not only is the Honda (NYSE:HMC) Odyssey one of the best choices for buyers in the minivan segment, it’s also one of the most American-blooded too, with 75 percent of its parts coming from North America. The entire Honda minivan is assembled on American soil, down to the engine; the transmission is sourced from Mexico.
2. Cargo Van: Chevrolet Express/GMC Savanna
Leading the pack — the pack being most of the industry — is the Chevrolet (NYSE:GM) Express cargo van and its corporate GMC Savanna sibling, which both boast an 80 percent makeup of American parts and components. The General Motors vehicles are built stateside, with an American engine, and like the Honda, they feature a transmission from south of the border.
3. Performance Car: Chevrolet Corvette
It would be a shame if such an icon of American motoring was primarily built from foreign parts and assembled elsewhere, but fortunately, General Motors made the right decision and built the Corvette with 75 percent of its parts hailing from North America; final assembly and engine assembly are done in the U.S., again with a Mexican transmission.
4. Sedan: Toyota Camry
America’s best-selling midsize sedan is also one of the most North American-made sedans, as well. Toyota (NYSE:TM) gets 75 percent of its parts from America or Canada (another 20 percent are from Japan), while the final assembly is done in the U.S., with an American engine and a Japanese transmission.
5. Pickup Truck: Toyota Tundra
The Toyota Tundra has never enjoyed the same kind of success that its domestic rivals take advantage of, despite the Tundra being made of more American parts than its domestic counterparts. Like the Camry, the Tundra uses three-quarters of its parts from the States or Canada; engine production is split between here and Japan. By comparison, the Silverado is made up of just 40 percent North American-sourced parts. (Note: the Ford F-Series was not ranked on the NHTSA’s listing; the Tundra was the highest ranking truck found on the list provided.)
6. SUV: Buick Enclave
The Buick Enclave derives 72 percent of its components from North America and is assembled in the U.S. with an engine unit from the U.S. — but unlike other GM vehicles, its transmission is also born domestically.
7. Luxury Car: Acura RDX
When it comes to luxury, several cars converge at the same point. The Ford (NYSE:F) MKT, the Cadillac CTS, and the Acura RDX (pictured) are all constructed of 70 percent North American-made components; final assembly for the MKT, however, is in Canada, while the Acura and Cadillac are both assembled in the States.
8. Compact Car: Toyota Corolla
The Toyota Corolla is made up of parts split between North America (60 percent) and Japan (30 percent); final assembly of the car is done in Canada. However, the car’s engines are made in the U.S.; the transmission, like other Toyotas, is from Japan.
9. Hybrid: Ford C-Max
With 40 percent of its parts coming from the U.S. and Canada, the Ford C-Max is far and away the most North American hybrid available; by comparison, the Toyota Prius V gets just 5 percent of its parts from the same locale. Twenty percent of the C-Max’s remaining parts come from Japan; the engine is made in Mexico, while the transmission unit for Ford’s high-efficiency car hails from the U.S.
10. Crossover: Chevrolet Equinox/GMC Terrain
With 70 percent of its parts and components coming from North America, the Equinox is one of the most home-derived options in the hot-selling crossover segment. However, the final assembly of the units is split between Canada and the U.S., as is the construction of the engine and transmission pieces, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to clarify that the cars in question are not ranked by any measure other than product category.
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