Following a recent study that has named three GM SUVs as the most American-made cars, now comes another one claiming something else.
American University’s Kogod School of Business published last week their annual Kogod Made in America Auto Index report, a study that claimed GM’s sister SUVs Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia were jointly the most American-made 2016 car models. Kogod said that its ranking methodology was an improvement from that of the American Automotive Labeling Act, taking into consideration a wider range of criteria beside engine, transmission, body or chassis., such as profit margin, labor, research and development, inventory, capital and other expenses.
Now, a research conducted by Cars.com shows that the Toyota Camry topped the American-Made Index for the second consecutive year, followed by Honda Accord and Toyota Sienna on third. The ranking is completed by Honda Odyssey, Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave.
Even if there is no easy way to determine just how American a car is, cars.com’s said its American-Made Index looks at vehicles on a model-by-model basis, not by manufacturer. It recognizes cars that are assembled here, using a high percentage of domestic parts – a model must have at least a 75-percent domestic parts content – and that are bought in large numbers by American consumers. The last time a Detroit Three vehicle topped the AMI was in 2014, when the Ford F-150 pickup truck was ranked no. 1.