The formula for the Cars.com American Made Index is a bit different this year, as only 3 models would have met the criteria otherwise. Though for the sake of perspective, there were over 60 vehicles 11 years ago at the conception of AMI, pointing to emphasized globalization in the automotive industry.
To put it in the words of Cars.com, the new AMI can be summarized as follows:
An analysis of cars assembled in the U.S. with high domestic-parts content, predominant U.S. sourcing for engines and transmissions, and high U.S. manufacturing jobs supported per vehicle. This year, the index de-emphasizes overall sales — a factor that reflects the economic impact of a given model line — to focus on the domestic impact of a single buyer purchasing one model versus another.
Over 120 light-duty passenger vehicles built here in the U.S. were accessed, and topping the list with a one-two punch was Jeep with the Wrangler in first place and the Cherokee in second. The domestic-parts content was 74 percent for the Wrangler (75 percent for the Unlimited), and 70 percent for the Cherokee. A good showing from the quintessential American brand.
- Jeep Wrangler, Wrangler Unlimited (Toledo, OH)
- Jeep Cherokee (Toledo, OH and Belvidere, IL)
- Ford Taurus (Chicago, IL)
- Honda Ridgeline (Lincoln, AL)
- Acura RDX (East Liberty, OH)
- Ford F-150 (Dearborn, MI, and Claycomo, MO)
- Ford Expedition (Louisville, KY)
- GMC Acadia (Spring Hill, TN)
- Honda Odyssey (Lincoln, AL)
- Honda Pilot (Lincoln, AL)
While the Jeep Cherokee was built at the Toledo assembly plant in Ohio up until recently, the plant has shifted priorities for production of the upcoming 2018 Wrangler JL. Production of the Cherokee has shifted to Belvidere, Illinois.