You might think that since we’re talking about the Detroit three US automakers, all of their cars would be proudly wearing “Designed and built in the USA” badges.
Well, it actually turns out that some Japanese or German cars are more American than… well American cars. This is the product of the globalization era, for sure, as a ranking from American University’s Kogod School of Business clearly shows.
The rankings is based on data that reflects things like the automakers headquarters, where it builds the cars, produces the parts, or leads development and research. And they also evaluated where the profits go, with everything wearing an US stamp earning points, up to 100.
Kogod considers the most “American” car in the world to be the F-Series pickup from Ford and the Chevrolet Corvette, each with a score of 87.5 out of 100. Also, the most “American” foreign cars are three Hondas and two Toyotas, all with 78.5 out of 100. And now come the least “American” cars wearing American badges.
10. Chevrolet Spark EV – score 37/100, assembled in Changwon, South Korea.
9. Buick Encore – score 36/100, assembled in Bupyeong, South Korea. It’s the Opel Mokka twin.
8. Ford Fusion & Ford Fusion HEV – score 34/100, assembled in Hermosillo, Mexico.
6. Cadillac SRX – score 25.5/100, assembled Ramos Azripe, Mexico. The platform sibling of the Chevrolet Captiva Sport.
5. Ford Fiesta – 22/100, assembled in Cuautitlan, Mexico.
4. Chevrolet Spark – 16/100, assembled in Changwon, South Korea
3. Chevrolet Caprice – 15.5/100, assembled in Elizabeth, Australia. Rebadged version of Australian Holden Caprice.
2. Chevrolet SS – 15/100, assembled in Elizabeth, Australia. Rebadged version of Australian Holden Commodore SS.
1. Ford Transit Connect – 14.5/100, assembled in Kocaeli, Turkey.
by Aurel Niculescu
) - Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 - filed under News
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