Toyota Camry, Sienna lead latest ‘American-Made Index’
Toyota is celebrating its leading status in the latest American-Made Index published by Cars.com.
The Camry and Sienna took the top two spots in the rankings, respectively, followed in order by the Chevrolet Traverse, the Honda Odyssey, the GMC Acadia, the Buick Enclave and the Chevrolet Corvette.
The top vehicle in the 2014 index, the Ford F-150, was disqualified from the 2015 report after the 2015-model-year redesign dropped below the required domestic-parts content of at least 75 percent. Notably, only seven models qualified for the 2015 rankings — down from 29 nameplates just five years ago — as automakers continue to integrate higher ratios of foreign-made parts.
“It’s not that automakers are slowing U.S. production. If anything, the opposite is true,” the report notes. “What is shrinking is the percent of overall domestic-parts content.”
The report also attempted to estimate the number of US assembly plant workers supported per model, putting the Camry on top by a wide margin with more than 5,900 employees. The other six nameplates each accounted for less than 2,000 workers.
“These results are a testament to Toyota’s continued investment and growth in the United States,” said Toyota North America chief Jim Lentz. “We are strengthening our commitments to American manufacturing so we can better satisfy the needs of our customers for decades to come.”