A lot of Americans think about where the items they purchase are produced and hope that the purchases will benefit our U.S. economy. Although it may seem simple enough with a T-shirt very few things are as complex like the set of wheels that are in your driveway.
If you’re a car buyer and want to purchase a car made in America, Cars.com’s American-Made Index analyzes various variables to determine how American your dream vehicle or truck could be. Check out our ranked list of all cars that qualify in the full 2022 American Made Index report, and find out more about the most American models , including some you may not have thought of. American-Made Index methodology
In order to create”the” American-Made Index, Cars.com analyzes five key elements:
Final assembly location
A percentage from U.S. and Canadian parts
Country of origin of available engines
Country of origin of transmissions for the available ones.
U.S. manufacturing employees relative to the footprint of the automaker.
Conforming to law, the American Automobile Labeling Act (PDF, 8.5MB), automakers are required to annually disclose the proportion in U.S. and Canadian parts in terms of value for the majority of passenger vehicles. This information must be displayed on your window label or a separate sticker on nearly every new car that is sold across the U.S.
The AALA puts Canada in the same category with it does the U.S., so the American-Made Index is also based on the source country for a vehicle’s engine and transmission as well as the cost of components and labor that the AALA also requires automakers to reveal to make sure that the source of these high-value parts are American and not Canadian.
Beyond drivetrains Beyond drivetrains, the AALA does not focus on the cost of labor, especially in the final assembly. To remedy this it is the AMI evaluates every automobile maker’s U.S. manufacturing workforce against the amount of vehicles produced in the United States and applies index scores on the basis of an all-automaker base.
The index scores individual models on 100 points that groups similar variants with the same nameplate and platform (a hatchback version of a popular sedan for instance) however, it separates full hybrid and plug-in versions. If there is a tie in the index, more heavy curb weights are used as an effective tiebreaker. The sources of the AMI include information through automakers, and Automotive News, as well as our study of hundreds of thousands of cars on Cars.com inventory, as well as in-person dealership reviews on hundreds of new vehicles.
The reason why some vehicles aren’t eligible as part of the American-Made Index
Automakers are assembling 150 light-duty nameplates across the U.S. for the 2022 model year but not all can be considered to be included in AMI ranking.
Automakers are not required provide AALA information for vehicles that have an estimated gross vehicle weight that is greater than 8,500 pounds, which includes large-sized trucks, vans with heavy-duty engines and other similar vehicles. Furthermore, companies that produce less than 1,000 vehicles in any given model year don’t have to provide percent from U.S. and Canadian content. Because of insufficient information and insufficient data, the AMI excludes cars from both groups.
We also apply a few additional limitations beyond those we do not rank fleet-only vehiclesor those that are scheduled for removal in the next model year but without an U.S.-built successor. We also exclude all vehicles that we don’t have confidence in the data that they contain, usually due to the fact that they are below the minimum thresholds for inventory and sales or aren’t on sales at the time of our study.
Due to changes in the methodology due to changes in methodology, results for The 2022 American-Made Index cannot be comparably to results from the previous generation of the index that was released from 2017 until 2019. The initial version of the AMI was published from 2006 to.
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