We have been down this road before but the new
Kogod Made In America Auto Index is out and we’ll
bring it up again.
This index from the Kogod School of Business tells
us how “American” our cars are. They compute in
1. Profit Margin: Where the automaker’s global
headquarters is located. This is relevant as profits
from cars return to the shareholders in the home
country. (6 percent)
2. Labor: Location of assembly, included as the money
supports workers in this country. (6 percent)
3. Location of Research & Development activities:
Essentially, where the headquarters is located.
4. Inventory, Capital and Other Expenses: the
location of assembly. (11 percent)
5. Engine: The location of production.
6. Transmission: The location of production.
7. Body, Chassis and Electrical Components:
The location of where they are made. (50 percent)
It is a tie for the most American vehicle with the
Ford F-series pickup and the Chevrolet Corvette
sharing the top honor with a score of 87.5. That
is followed by the Buick Enclave with an 86, the
Chevrolet Traverse with an 86, the GMC Acadia with
an 86, and the GMC Denali Acadia also with an 86.
The Ford Transit Connect came in 67th with a score
of 14.5. At 66th is the Chevrolet SS with a 15.5
and tied with that is the Chevrolet Caprice also
at 15.5. At 65th is the Chevrolet Spark with a
16, and the Ford Fiesta took 64th with a 22.
The Dodge Avenger is the first Chrysler product
shown with an 82.
Other makes are covered but we’ve always equated
the Big 3 with the words “American Made. The list
is long and the makes and models are varied. For
the entire list go to the link above.
If you are thinking of buying a new vehicle you
may want to make this index part of your research.
The times they are a changing.
Comments are always welcome.