General Motors Makes The Most American Cars on Sale Today

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Every year, the Kogod School of Business at American University comes up with the Made in America Auto Index, a lengthy list of the most and least American-made vehicles. This year, no less than 20 nameplates built by General Motors made the coveted top 10.
Before we go any further, it must be mentioned that Kogod’s method incorporates a research methodology that also accounts for the American Automotive Labeling Act of 1994. According to the act, a car is considered to be a domestic product if at least 75 percent of the given car’s parts by value are manufactured in the United States or Canada.

The Kogod Made In America Auto Index also weighs in data that’s unaddressed by the American Automotive Labeling Act, including: profit margin (location of the car brand’s global headquarters); labor (where the vehicle is assembled); R&D (location of research and development activities); inventory, capital, and other expenses; engine (location of production); transmission (location of production); body, chassis, and electrical components. The lot, basically.

Having said these, you’ll be surprised to find out that the most American-made vehicle on the 2016 Kogod Made In America Auto Index is also one of the oldest cars on the index. That car is [wait for it] the Buick Enclave. The number 1 spot is tied with the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia, the half-brothers of the of the Buick Enclave. Believe it or not, the total domestic content of these three SUVs sits at 90 percent.

Other models that made the top 10 are mostly built by American brands such as Ford, Lincoln, Jeep, and Chrysler, albeit there are some exceptions from popular Japanese automakers. Here is a selection of those: Ford F-150 (85 percent total domestic content), Chevrolet Corvette (83 %), Cadillac Escalade (82.50 %), Honda Accord (81 %), Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (80.50 %), Ford Taurus (80.50 %), GMC Canyon (80.50 %), Cadillac CT6 (80 %), Ford Mustang (80 %), Chevrolet Camaro (80 %), Jeep Cherokee (78.50 %), Honda Pilot and Odyssey (78.50 %), Toyota Sienna and Camry (78.50 %), Chrysler 200 (76 %), Lincoln MKS and Navigator (76 %), Acura RDX (76 %), Honda CR-V and Civic (76 %), Toyota Highlander and Avalon (76 %).

For the least American-made nameplates of the index, you can visit the Kogod School of Business’ website.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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