Are American Cars Really American Made?

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Once upon a time, nearly all Americans pushed to buy “Made in the USA” products. Even though you probably haven’t heard about this trend in a while, this desire is starting to make its way back into business strategies throughout the country. Manufacturers are working hard to bring jobs and parts back to our shores for a variety of reasons.

Most people realize that you can’t get a car completely made in America. Most cars and trucks are going to have at least a few parts that are manufactured elsewhere, so what does American mean? 

Made in America According to Public Survey

A survey done in 2013 found some interesting facts about what people think “Made in America” means. The study found that 3 in 5 people believe that items only receive that stamp of pride if all of their parts and labor were within the 50 states. In addition, one-third of those surveyed said that they believed a product must have all parts and assemblies within borders to be considered made by that country, even if it is not the U.S. 

Of course, this view of American made products is simply not realistic in today’s society. Each country has their own specialties, and it would be unwise for any business to ignore that resource. In a global marketplace, it makes sense that some parts would come from other countries.

The Top American Made Cars

The question then becomes, what percentage of a vehicle can be made in other countries and still be considered American made? For the purpose of this list, American made means that at least half the parts are also American made, and all assembly was done in America. Here is that list.

  • Buick Enclave and LaCrosse
  • Cadillac, several models
  • Dodge Durango
  • Jeep Cherokees and Wrangler

The better portion of American made cars are Ford and Chevy. These two manufacturers were born in America, and they have worked hard to keep as much of their products and business in the U.S. as possible.

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