“If you break down a single ‘American-made’ transmission, you’ll find many smaller parts, each stamped with its own country of origin. You may well find 80 percent of the parts inside that transmission didn’t come from the U.S.,” said Dubois.
To narrow down the options, DuBois’ team collected data from several sources, including recent American Automobile Labeling Act reports. The AALA was enacted in 1992 to inform consumers about the percentage of American content which comprises each car. AALA data specifies the percentage of U.S./Canadian parts content for each vehicle, including where the engine and transmissions were built.
DuBois’ index used these details as well as each vehicle’s overall AALA score, but also factored in:
— Profit margin; Where the automaker’s global headquarters is located
— Where research and development took place
— Location of production for the body, interior, chassis, electrical
Below, we’ve listed the top-five most American-made 2013 models from DuBois’ index. Several vehicles ended up with tied scores, resulting in multiple winners for each position. View the complete list here.
1. GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse
2. Dodge Avenger, Ford F-Series pickup
3. Chrysler 200
4. Jeep Compass, Patriot, and Wrangler
5. Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Mustang, and GMC Terrain