Three of ‘most American cars’ made in Lansing

According to the cars.com American-Made Index, the Toyota Camry is the “most American” car. The index measures three key factors: amount of domestic parts, final assembly point and overall vehicle sales. (AP file)

CHICAGO (WATE) – Cars.com has released its annual list of the most American cars in the site’s American-Made Index.

The Toyota Camry last claimed the top spot in 2012. This is the fifth time the Camry has ranked number one on the index.

The American-Made Index takes into account three key factors to determine how American cars are, including the percentage of a vehicle’s parts built in the U.S. or Canada, final assembly point and overall vehicle sales.

“This year’s list of eligible cars is down to just seven, the smallest number we’ve ever seen,” said Cars.com Editor-in-Chief, Patrick Olsen. “Just five years ago, 29 cars qualified for the American-Made Index, and today it is fewer than 10.”

The Ford F-150, which claimed the top spot in 2013 and 2014, was not eligible as its domestic-parts content dropped below the allowable threshold in the all-new 2015 model. In 2014, the index leaned heavily toward foreign-based automakers, which made up 70 percent of the list. For 2015, that number has dropped to 48 percent.

In a new survey conducted by Cars.com, data indicates that American consumers care more than ever about buying from domestic automakers. Twenty-eight percent of respondents said they would only consider American automakers when shopping for a new car. That’s up from 23 percent in 2011. While options for truly “American” cars continue to shrink, Americans’ interest in buying cars that support the domestic economy is still of great interest.

Rank Make/Model U.S. Assembly Locations 2014 Rank
1 Toyota Camry Georgetown, Ky.; Lafayette, Ind. 2
2 Toyota Sienna Princeton, Ind. 4
3 Chevrolet Traverse Lansing, Mich.
4 Honda Odyssey Lincoln, Ala. 3
5 GMC Acadia Lansing, Mich.
6 Buick Enclave Lansing, Mich.
7 Chevrolet Corvette Bowling Green, Ky. 7

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More Information:

2015 American-Made Index – http://www.cars.com/news

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