Monday AM July 6th, 2009

A web site's annual index ranks the "most-American vehicles" based on where the vehicles are built and percentage of parts made domestically. Ed Mayberry reports.
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The Cars.com American-Made Index shows the Toyota Camry dethroning the five-time winner Ford F-150.  In fact, Toyota's Sienna is number six, Tundra is seven and Venza number ten on the list, lifting the Japanese automaker's count above all others.  Detroit automakers claimed five of ten spots—a record low on the index.  Car.com editor Patrick Olsen.

"One, we look at the percentage of domestic parts that are in a car.  We look at the final assembly place for each car and lastly we look at the sales in the U.S. for these cars, with the presumption being that cars that sell better employ more suppliers and autoworkers to get those cars built.  Because every car has a sticker that tells you the percentage of domestic parts and has a sticker that tells you the assembly location.  So number one on our list this year is the Toyota Camry, which has 80 per cent domestic parts and 97 per cent of which are built in Kentucky and Indiana.  Far and away the best-selling sedan in the country."

Olsen says most cars built in the U.S. are assembled using at least some parts that came from somewhere else.

"We could not find a single car that hit 100 per cent American parts.  I believe the closest one we came to--yeah, the Ford Taurus, built here in Chicago, hits 90 per cent, and that is the highest percentage of any car built in this country.  One of the reasons we do this list is because it contains two data points that consumers can check for themselves.  Every new car has a sticker that says the amount, the percentage of domestic parts that are in that car.  They also have a sticker that lets them know where the final assembly point is.  So if you're one of those people who is adamant that you want your car to be built in America, there are two things you can check for on the lot when you're looking for those cars."    

The list is online at Cars.com.  Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.

 

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Ed Mayberry

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Ed Mayberry has worked in radio since 1971, with many of those years spent on the rock 'n' roll disc jockey side of the business...