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- July 9, 2016
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Cars.com publishes an annual American-Made Index, which ranks vehicles based on how much “domestic” parts content they contain. In the 2015 study, only seven vehicles made the list, the first year Cars.com couldn’t even find 10 vehicles for its list. Three of the 10 were Japanese brands–Honda Odyssey (made in Alabama), and Toyota’s Camry (made in Kentucky) and Sienna (made in Indiana). Those cars made the list because they source a lot of the vehicles’ content from U.S. parts factories, including their own engine plants. The other four are all GM vehicles–Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave and the Chevrolet Corvette. That’s right. Not even the “All-American” Jeep (Italian-owned now by Fiat), assembled in Ohio, could make the list. And Ford couldn’t even make the cut with its vaunted F-Series because of the foreign content in the top-selling pickup truck.
That so few vehicles have at least 75% U.S.-sourced content is hardy surprising. Parts makers like Delphi, Visteon VC +1.86%, Johnson Controls JCI +2.50% and others long ago began moving as much of its manufacturing offshore (even faster than the vehicle manufacturers) from the U.S. as possible to take advantage of cheap labor and the lack of tariffs.