Kelsey Mays is the assistant managing editor of Cars.com, which compiles an annual American-Made Index of passenger vehicles.
Driving a US-made car isn’t as simple as buying a car from an American automaker. Ford, GM and Stellantis—the company that owns Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and other brands—assemble some of their vehicles in the US but others abroad. And many vehicles sold by foreign-based automakers are assembled in the US.
In fact, if you rank major automakers by the percentage of their passenger vehicles sold in the US that are assembled in the US, a foreign automaker comes out ahead of one of the major US makers, according to Cars.com’s analysis of 90 million vehicles for the 2021 model year. Ford has domestic assembly for 84.6% of its US sales… Stellantis, 70.8%…Japanese brand Honda, 65.1%…and General Motors, just 53.8%. Germany’s BMW is right behind GM at 52%. The largest automaker that assembles 100% of its USsold vehicles in the US is Tesla.
All modern cars contain components manufactured in multiple countries. Each year, Cars.com creates an “American- Made Index” that weighs not only vehicle- assembly location but also where key components such as the engine and transmission were manufactured… the percentage of parts from the US and Canada …and relative size of the automaker’s US manufacturing workforce. Passenger vehicles that currently land at the top of this American-Made Index…
You can see the entire list at Cars.com/American-made-index.