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Detroit's pickups flunk, Toyota soars, on American-Made list

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Detroit's pickups flunk, Toyota soars, on American-Made list

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So many parts for Detroit maker's pickup trucks are made overseas that they hardly can be considered all-American vehicles, Cars.com finds.

And the shocking choice as most American of all vehicles for the second year in a row? It's the Toyota Camry, the web site says, even though the profits from its sale flow back to Japan. It is followed by another Japanese model, the Honda Accord.

Cars.com compiles an annual list of American-Made Index of vehicles it considers the biggest flag wavers. The index takes into account percentage of domestically produced parts, location of the factories where they were made and their popularity in the U.S. All three factors figure into creating American jobs and prosperity.

"What's interesting this year is the lack of a full-sized domestic pickup truck on the list," said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com editor in chief. "The Ford F-150 went from the top spot a couple of years ago to being totally left off the list. While the F-150 is still assembled in the U.S, its domestic parts content fell to 55 percent. In the past, it's had a domestic parts content of around 80 percent."

Baseball, mom-and-apple pie Chevy Silverado didn't fare any better:

GM's full-size pickups – the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra – were also once regulars on the American Made Index, but production of both trucks is split between the U.S. and Mexico, and today's models only have 65 percent domestic parts content.

In being named the top American-Made vehicle, the Camry didn't suffer from carrying the badge of Japan's Toyota. The car is assembled in Georgetown, Ky. and Lafayette, Ind. It is followed by the Honda Accord and the Ford Escape, which rank No. 2 and No. 3 respectively.

In addition to grabbing the No. 1 rank, Toyota also has the Tundra pickup and the Sienna minivan on the list, making the Japanese automaker the only manufacturer with three vehicles in the Top 10. Honda, Ford and Chrysler each earned two spots on the list and Chevrolet had one car – the Chevrolet Malibu.

Chrysler, whose Michigan-built Sebring landed a spot in the Top 10 in 2008, is back with two models. The Sebring isn't one of them, but the Michigan-built Ram 1500 pickup and Ohio-built Jeep Wrangler SUV make the list. Neither vehicle has made the list before.

"In today's global economy, there's not an easy way to determine just how American a car is," Olsen said. "Most cars built in the U.S., for example, are assembled using at least some parts that come from somewhere else. Cars.com's American-Made Index helps consumers understand and use labels found on every new car sold that list the domestic parts content and the final assembly point."

Rank

Make/Model

U.S. Assembly Location(s)*

Rank in July 2009

1. Toyota Camry

Georgetown, Ky.; Lafayette, Ind.

2. Honda Accord

Marysville, Ohio; Lincoln, Ala.

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3. Ford Escape

Kansas City, Kan.

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4. Ford Focus

Wayne, Mich.

5. Chevrolet Malibu

Kansas City, Kan.

6. Honda Odyssey

Lincoln, Ala.

7. Dodge Ram 1500

Warren, Mich.

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8. Toyota Tundra

San Antonio

9. Jeep Wrangler

Toledo, Ohio

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10. Toyota Sienna

Princeton, Ind.

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http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2010/06/detroits-pickups-flunk-toyota-soars-on-american-made-list/1

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Croc    268

Detroit's pickups flunk, Toyota soars, on American-Made list

...and their popularity in the U.S. All three factors figure into creating American jobs and prosperity.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2010/06/detroits-pickups-flunk-toyota-soars-on-american-made-list/1

Really? How does this one figure in? How does "vehicle popularity" factor into creating American jobs and prosperity? It simply doesn't, but it certainly helps explain some of the rankings. Puff piece journalism.

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PurdueGuy    72

Really? How does this one figure in? How does "vehicle popularity" factor into creating American jobs and prosperity? It simply doesn't, but it certainly helps explain some of the rankings. Puff piece journalism.

Unless popularity is another way of saying sales, in which case it's directly related to jobs. I didn't read much of the fluff piece, so I don't know if it is or not.

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siegen    20

Really? How does this one figure in? How does "vehicle popularity" factor into creating American jobs and prosperity? It simply doesn't, but it certainly helps explain some of the rankings. Puff piece journalism.

Pretty sure they mean sales, though I don't like that they would use the term popularity. It makes it sound like their methodology wasn't very strict. Perhaps it isn't.

The way I see it:

Car 1

100,000 Sales

80% Domestic content

Car 2

20,000 Sales

85% Domestic content

Which car creates more American jobs?

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