When you think about “American Made” cars, you might initially think of Detroit’s Big 3 automakers: Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler Jeep. While these are indeed American brands of vehicles, that does not necessarily mean they are still “American Made.”
With the globalization of the auto industry, it is not uncommon for auto manufacturers to have plants in Mexico, China, Japan, Canada, Europe, Australia, and other foreign countries. As a result, certain parts of the vehicle could potentially be manufactured in one country before being shipped to the U.S. to assemble the actual vehicles, such as:
- Infotainment/Computer Systems
- Cooling Systems
- Braking Systems
Even though the vehicle is being assembled here in the United States, it would not necessarily be considered “American Made” if the majority of parts and components were being imported. While this might not matter to some people, so long as the manufacturer is ensuring its models provide high quality, it does matter to other people who want to ensure their vehicle purchases are supporting American jobs.
Unfortunately, with globalization, only three vehicles managed to be ranked as “American Made” by online car research and information provider, Cars.com. Their 2017 report used their initial criteria from 2006 when they first started publishing this data. Initially to be ranked as “American Made,” the finished vehicle needed to be built using a minimum of 75 percent of U.S.-made parts and components.
Using this ranking criterion, the only vehicles that still satisfied these parameters, ranked in order, were:
- Jeep Wrangler/Wrangler Unlimited – The Wrangler has been a mainstay and popular SUV which holds its resale value year after year. The vehicle is currently being manufactured and assembled in Toledo, Ohio. The 2017 model year offers four base trim packages (Sahara, Sport, Sport S, and Rubicon), along with several Limited Edition packages.
- Jeep Cherokee – The Jeep Cherokee has long been a top SUV contender, with the Grand Cherokee having been a preferred model in the past. Today, the Cherokee is built in Toledo, Ohio and has been fully redesigned. The Cherokee offers seven different trim packages, including the Trailhawk and Sport
- Ford Taurus – The Taurus has been a crowning gem in Ford’s full-sized sedan car line for decades. Currently, the Taurus is manufactured in Chicago, Illinois and is offered in four different trim packages: SE, SEL, Limited, and SHO.
This was quite shocking, to say the least, as, when the original report was published in 2006, there were well over 60 different vehicle models that qualified as “American Made.” So, to address the current globalization in the auto industry, Cars.com was forced to change their ranking criteria and lower the minimum of domestic parts in vehicles to 60 percent or more.
After adjusting the ranking criteria, it resulted in ten different vehicles meeting the new standards, with Jeep still holding the top two spots. In addition to the Taurus being ranked number three, the Ford F-150 and Ford Expedition made it onto the list in the number six and seven spots.
To check out the top three “American Made” vehicles and take one for a test drive, please feel free to stop by your nearest Community Cars authorized Chrysler Jeep or Ford dealership in Bloomington today, or call us at 888-340-0339!