THE MOST AMERICAN VEHICLE SOLD IN THE UNITED STATES
Published on Tue, Mar 15, 2011
By: The LACar Editorial Staff
BACK SEAT DRIVING—What’ the most American vehicle sold in America? Ford? Chevy? Perhaps the “imported from Detroit” new Chrysler 200? Nope. None of those. The car with the highest percentage of American made parts is…the Toyota Camry. No joke. No. 2? The Honda Accord. That’s according to the Cars.com American-made index posted on the American International Automobile Dealers Association’s (AIADA’s) new site, WhatisanAmericancar.com. To determine the most American vehicles, Cars.com looked at where the vehicles were manufactured and how many domestic-made parts they used. The rankings also took U.S. sales into consideration, since top-selling models should boost American employment. Here are the top ten vehicles with the highest concentration of American-made parts: 1. Toyota Camry 2. Honda Accord 3. Ford Escape 4. Ford Focus 5. Chevrolet Malibu 6. Honda Odyssey 7. Dodge RAM 1500 Quad and Crew Cab 8. Toyota Tundra 9. Jeep Wrangler 10. Toyota Sienna
The AIADA set up the site to provide data, photos, videos, and more on international nameplate manufacturing operations and dealer franchises. “International nameplate vehicles are some of the most popular on America’s roads today. However, their investment in America is often overlooked,” says AIADA President Cody Lusk. “This new website will help shed light on the international automotive brands that are building vehicles and creating jobs right here in America. According to Cars.com’s 2010 survey, the Toyota Camry—assembled in Georgetown, Ky. with 80 percent of its parts sourced from the U.S.—ranks as the “most American” vehicle sold in the U.S., followed closely by the Honda Accord. According to the AIADA, the survey’s results are representative of international nameplate brands overall, who are researching, developing, and building their vehicles in the U.S. at a higher rate than ever before. AIADA’s new website will allow users to access basic data, as well as video footage and photos of plant operations. For more information, visit: WhatisanAmericanCar.com.
About AIADA: Established in 1970, AIADA is an association whose purpose is to represent America’s international nameplate automobile franchises that sell and service the following brands: Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Maserati, Maybach, Mazda, Mercedes, MINI, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Saab, Scion, Smart, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo. According to the AIADA, these retailers have a positive economic impact both nationally and in the local communities they serve, providing more than 500,000 American jobs. For more information on the AIADA, go to aiada.org.