Cars.com released its American-Made Index, an annual ranking of the “most-American” vehicles. The Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Cherokee topped the index inf first and second place the overall “most-American” vehicle for 2017.
For 2017, the revamped index now bases the ranking on five key criteria.
- Assembly location: The location in which the vehicle’s assembly plant is located.
- Domestic parts content: Percentage of a vehicle’s parts content originating in the United States and Canada as determined by the American Automobile Labeling Act
- Country of engine origin.
- Country of transmission origin.
- U.S. factory employment: Each automaker’s direct U.S. factory employment relative to its sales footprint.
U.S. Assembly Plant Location(s)
Jeep Wrangler/Wrangler Unlimited
East Liberty, Ohio
Dearborn, Mich./Claycomo, Mo.
Spring Hill, Tenn.
Two Ohio-built SUVs from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles topped Cars.com’s 2017 American-Made Index: the Jeep Wrangler (including the Wrangler Unlimited four-door) and Jeep Cherokee. Their domestic-parts content were among the highest figures Cars.com observed in this year’s AMI: 74 percent for the Wrangler, 75 percent for the Wrangler Unlimited and 70 percent for the Cherokee. All engines and nearly all transmissions for the Wrangler and Cherokee hail from the U.S., and FCA assembles both nameplates in Toledo, Ohio.
“In an era of build-American sentiment, a sizable portion of shoppers still care where their car comes from,” said Cars.com’s executive editor Wiesenfelder. “That said, it is important for shoppers to remember that the logo on the vehicle doesn’t necessarily tell the full story. The cars on this year’s list of the ‘most-American’ hail from automakers headquartered in Europe and Asia as well as North America. Conversely, some vehicles with distinctively American brand names rank low by AMI standards.”
In a recent Cars.com survey among in-market car shoppers, it was determined that 25 percent of respondents would consider buying only from an American manufacturer (compared with 13 percent in 2016), and only 5 percent would consider buying solely from a foreign manufacturer. Other insights gathered from consumers include1:
- Of the 25 percent of respondents who consider buying only from American manufacturers, over 50 percent cite support of the local economy and brand loyalty as their primary reasons.
- When asked which cars were believed to be the “most American,” nearly three-quarters of respondents included the Chevrolet Corvette, Ford F-150, Ford Expedition and Ford Taurus, and only 10 percent included the Honda Ridgeline, this year’s fourth “most-American” vehicle.
- Nearly 28 percent respondents who identified as being between 18-24 years old would consider buying only from American manufacturers, compared with 21 percent of those who identified themselves as being at least 55 years old.