The Ford F-150 has topped Cars.com American-Made Index for the first time in four years. This is the first time that a US automaker is named the “Most American” after a 4 year’s domination of the Toyota Camry.
Cars.com list is determined by analyzing 3 major data points; final vehicle assembly point, vehicle sales and domestic-parts content (percentage of vehicle’s parts that are produced in the U.S.).
According to Patrick Olsen (Cars.com’s Editor-in-Chief):
Strong sales and 75 percent domestic-parts content propelled Ford’s popular F-150 to the top of the index for 2013, a rank it held from 2006 to 2008.
Ford’s top ranking this year is a good indicator of how pickup trucks are dominating auto sales so far in 2013, and how the domestic automakers are bouncing back. While the assembly point and domestic parts content of the F-150 didn’t change from 2012-2013, vehicle sales are responsible for bumping the F-150 to the top spot.
Toyota is still the company that has the highest number of vehicles ranked, even though the Camry no longer tops it. As in 2012, this list remains an even split between domestic-owned and foreign-owned carmakers, with five foreign and five domestic brands on the final top 10 list; this final list has four Toyotas, three General Motors, one Chrysler, one Ford and one Honda.
Buying American isn’t necessarily the key decision maker for every car shopper; however a study we conducted in 2012 indicated that 25 percent of shoppers surveyed preferred to buy American. The American-Made Index is meant to help car shoppers understand that ‘American-Made’ extends beyond just the Detroit three.
Said Patrick Olsen.
Top 10 List
|Rank||Manufacturer||Make/Model||U.S. Assembly Location(s)||Rank in 2012|
||Ford||Ford F-150||Dearborn, Mich.; Claycomo, Mo.||2|
||Toyota||Toyota Camry||Georgetown, Ky,; Lafayette, Ind.||1|
||Chrysler||Dodge Avenger||Sterling Heights, Mich.||n/a|
||Honda||Honda Odyssey||Lincoln, Ala.||n/a|
||Toyota||Toyota Sienna||Princeton, Ind.||4|
||General Motors||Chevrolet Traverse||Lansing, Mich.||6|
||Toyota||Toyota Tundra||San Antonio, Texas||7|
||General Motors||GMC Acadia||Lansing, Mich.||9|
||General Motors||Buick Enclave||Lansing, Mich.||10|
||Toyota||Toyota Avalon||Georgetown, Ky.||n/a|
The full 2013 list can be found at cars.com