According to information coming from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the purchase of a vehicle from the traditional Detroit Three automakers – General Motors, Ford and Chrysler – doesn’t necessarily guarantee you the ownership of the most “American” vehicle in a given segment.
Part 583 of the American Automobile Labeling Act (AALA) commends manufacturers to state the US content levels on all new cars – also using a label with the U.S./Canada content percentage and related additional information on display up to the time of its first retail sale.
Using that information, buyers can find that it’s not the Ford Taurus that’s the most American purchase, rather that honor going to the Toyota Camry. The Japanese model takes the “most American” title with 75% of its parts coming from North America (the United States and Canada). The Taurus on the other hand only has 65%.
In fact, braking down by vehicle segment, GM takes the top spot four times (sports cars, large vans, crossovers and SUVs) and ties for a fifth (luxury cars), while Ford takes only the hybrid category. No Chrysler vehicles were accounted for 2014, but its top 2013 vehicle was the Dodge Grand Caravan with 80%. The company’s lowest rated model was, not surprisingly, the Fiat 500 with just 21%.