Made-in-America Cars Index Topped by Japanese Cars

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Fewer than 10 cars that are produced in the U.S. are made with at least 75 percent domestic content. has released its 2015 American-Made Index with only seven vehicles qualifying. Surprisingly, three of the seven vehicles are actually from Japanese automakers, including the Toyota Camry, which fills the top spot. The Toyota Sienna follows the Camry in second while the Honda Odyssey is in fourth place. Filling in the gap is the third-place Chevrolet Traverse and rounding out the rest of the list is the GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Corvette.

Last year’s top vehicle was the 2014 Ford F-150, but with the redesign for the 2015 model year, the F-150 fell out of the list entirely. Although more vehicles are actually being assembled in the U.S. with production on the rise, the overall domestic-parts content of those vehicles is dropping.

The American-Made Index rates vehicles built and bought in the U.S. Factors involved in creating the list include the percentage of parts considered domestic under federal regulations, whether the car is assembled in the U.S., and U.S. sales. Models are disqualified if the domestic-parts content rating is below 75 percent, as well as models built exclusively outside the U.S. or models soon to be discontinued without a U.S.-built successor.

The Toyota Camry is built in Georgetown, Kentucky, and Lafayette, Indiana, while the Toyota Sienna is produced in Princeton, Indiana. Honda turns to its Lincoln, Alabama, plant for the Odyssey, while the Traverse, Acadia and Enclave models are all built in Lansing, Michigan. And if you’re a Corvette fan, you’ll know that the sports car is manufactured in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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