|The highest-ranked cars are made by U.S.-based manufacturers using American engines and transmissions, and (with a high) percentage of U.S. and Canadian parts, the study concluded.|
June 13, 2017
General Motors has again claimed the top spot in an annual study ranking which vehicles are most American.
The Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia are tied tor the top spots on the annual Kogod Made in America Auto Index rankings for the second year. But other U.S. and foreign automakers — including Ford, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Honda, Kia and Toyota — also have vehicles with top-10 rankings.
"The highest-ranked cars are made by U.S.-based manufacturers using American engines and transmissions, and (with a high) percentage of U.S. and Canadian parts," the study concluded.
The study comes at a time when there has been heightened attention to what cars and products are produced in America verses imported from other countries. President Donald Trump formally notified Congress in May of the administration's intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, which includes Canada and Mexico. Trump also pulled America out of the Trans Pacific Partnership — a 12-nation trade agreement — earlier this year before it was enacted.
The study, in its fifth year, is conducted by Washington, D.C.-based American University's Kogod School of Business, which uses data from the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor.
The study lists 419 vehicles with rankings from 1 to 90, and uses several criteria, including where the company is headquartered, where the car is assembled, the location of research and development facilities, location of the assembly plant and domestic content data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Associate Professor Frank DuBois acknowledged that the study is not perfect, but he said challenges to obtaining complete information hinder the process.
"To get a perfect (index) you’re going to have to take the car completely apart. You're going to have to find out a lot of data you're not going to be able to get from the automakers," DuBois said.
DuBois also said a high ranking may or may not be considered positive by all consumers.
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