Camry wins “Most American Made”

Toyota has three models in the top 10 Most American Made category.  According to Chris Woodyard of USA TODAY this is the 4th year in a row that the Toyota Camry has made the top of the list.  Click here for the full article.

By Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY
Updated 2012-07-09 1:51 PM

Akio Toyoda, CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation, spoke during a webcast on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 during the unveiling of the 2012 Camry at the Toyota plant in Georgetown, Ky.
By David Perry, AP

Once again,Cars.com has come to the counter-intuitive conclusion that the Toyota Camry is the most American of all cars — more U.S. sourced parts, U.S. production and U.S. sales.

It was the fourth-straight year that the Camry came in tops in the “American-made” survey. This year, the Ford F-150, the nation’s best-selling vehicle, almost beat it. But in the end, Toyota, Honda and General Motors combined for eight of the 10 vehicles on the list.

“When people think about buying an ‘American’ car, they might just think automatically of the Detroit Three,” said Patrick Olsen, editor in chief at Cars.com. “In reality, this classification isn’t as cut and dry as it used to be.”

He points out that Italy’s Fiat owns a majority stake in Chrysler, despite its status as a Big 3 Detroit maker. More foreign makers are building their vehicle in the U.S. as a way to hedge against a strong dollar.

“U.S. sales are a component of our index for a number of reasons,” said Olsen. “For one thing, it’s safe to say that the more a vehicle sells, the more U.S. workers are involved in production and delivery of the vehicle and the more U.S. dealers are profiting. Additionally, we think it’s valid to give credit for how American buyers embrace a vehicle.”

Here are the 10 most American vehicles and where they’re made:

  1. Toyota Camry, Georgetown, Ky., and Lafayette, Ind.
  2. Ford F-150, Dearborn, Mich., and Claycomo, Mo.
  3. Honda Accord, Marysville, Ohio
  4. Toyota Sienna, Princeton, Ind.
  5. Honda Pilot, Lincoln, Ala.
  6. Chevrolet Traverse, Lansing, Mich.
  7. Toyota Tundra, San Antonio
  8. Jeep Liberty, Toledo, Ohio
  9. GMC Acadia, Lansing
  10. Buick Enclave, Lansing
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Posted on July 31, 2012, in automotive, local interest, new Toyota and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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