Monday, July 13, 2009

The and NHTSA American Made Index (Use These Car Lists to Aid You in Buying American) recently released its list of the top 10 U.S. built cars by domestic content. New to the list are the Ford Taurus, Toyota Camry and Toyota Venza. Finally, we're starting to get some decent cars on the list. Last year, the only real family sedan on the list was the Chevy Malibu.

I believe heavily in the need for us to buy American. Our government doesn't have the cohenes to impose any strict buy American policies to buoy our labor markets. A buy American stance is sorely needed to help us erase some of the job losses that have driven our national unemployment rate to nearly 10%.

Here's the list:

Rank Make/Model U.S. Assembly Location (Last Rank)

1. Toyota Camry, Georgetown, Ky.; Lafayette, Ind. (-)

2. Ford F-150, Dearborn, Mich.; Claycomo, Mo. (1)

3. Chevrolet Malibu, Kansas City, Kan. (3)

4. Honda Odyssey, Lincoln, Ala. (7)

5. Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Fort Wayne, Ind. (8)

6. Toyota Sienna, Princeton, Ind. (6)

7. Toyota Tundra, San Antonio (5)

8. GMC Sierra 1500, Fort Wayne, Ind. (—)

9. Ford Taurus, Chicago (—)

10. Toyota Venza, Georgetown, Ky. (-)

NHTSA has a separate list of top domestic content cars. It ignores sales volume and is based exclusively on domestic content. The NHTSA list is:

Make/Model Domestic-parts content Assembly location

1. Ford Taurus 90 percent Chicago

2. Lincoln MKS 85 percent Chicago

3. Toyota Sienna 85 percent Princeton, Ind.

4. GMC Savana 1500 82 percent Wentzville, Mo.

5. Chevrolet Express 1500 82 percent Wentzville, Mo.

6. Buick Lucerne 81 percent Detroit

7. Chevrolet Malibu 80 percent Kansas City, Kan.

8. Honda Odyssey 80 percent Lincoln, Ala.

9. Toyota Avalon 80 percent Georgetown, Ky.

10. Toyota Tundra 80 percent San Antonio

11. Toyota Venza 80 percent Georgetown, Ky.


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