According to recently released information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, buying a vehicle from the traditional Detroit Three automakers – General Motors, Ford and Chrysler – is not certainly a guarantee of buying most “American” vehicle in a given segment.
Part 583 of the American Automobile Labeling Act (AALA), requires manufacturers to divulge the content levels on all new vehicles using a label with the U.S./Canada content percentage and related additional information must be displayed on these vehicles up to the time of first retail sale.
Using that information, buyers can figure out that while the Ford Taurus may seem like a great American purchase, it’s the Toyota Camry that takes the “most American” title with 75% of its parts coming from North America (the United States and Canada). The Taurus comes in only at 65%.
In fact, if you break the vehicles down by segments, GM takes the top honors in four (sports cars, large vans, crossovers and SUVs) and tied for a fifth (luxury cars), while Ford takes only the hybrid category. No Chrysler vehicles were listed for 2014, but its top 2013 vehicle was the Dodge Grand Caravan with 80%. The company’s lowest, not surprisingly, was the Fiat 500 with just 21%.
Toyota took three top spots: sedan, compact car and trucks, although Ford’s rankings were not available on the form so the F-Series could conceivably be the top dog in the ranking. Last year, it claimed 75% of content from the U.S. and Canada.
The luxury car segment was perhaps the closest race with the Lincoln MKT, Cadillac CTS and Acura RDX all coming in with 70% North American-made components. However, the final assembly for the MKT is in Canada, while the Acura and Cadillac are both assembled in the U.S.
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