Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What cars are the most American (US) made? Too few.

Perhaps to prove that this really is a global economy, or to show the sad fact that we don't make it any more, Cars.com compiled a list of the cars (and trucks) made here in the USA. It's a short list and getting shorter. Our once proud auto industry, although once more strong from a sales point of view, is shrinking.

Here's the list:

Rank
Make/Model
Manufacturer
U.S. Assembly Location(s)
Rank in 2013
1
Ford F-150
Ford
Dearborn, Mich.; Claycomo, Mo.
1
2
Toyota Camry
Toyota
Georgetown, Ky.; Lafayette, Ind.
2
3
Honda Odyssey
Honda
Lincoln, Ala.
4
4
Toyota Sienna
Honda
Princeton, Ind.
5
5
Toyota Tundra
Toyota
San Antonio, Texas
7
6
Toyota Avalon
Toyota
Georgetown, Ky.
10
7
Chevrolet Corvette
General Motors
Bowling Green, Ky.
-
8
Honda Ridgeline
Honda
Lincoln, Ala.
-
9
Honda Crosstour
Honda
East Liberty, Ohio
-
10
Dodge SRT Viper
Chrysler
Detroit, Mich.
-


No offense to Honda or Toyota but the "Big 3" have only one vehicle each on the list. The Japanese auto makers put more models in the top 10 than the "domestic" auto makers. Detroit and environs, the very image of US auto making, only scores two vehicles on the list; first place and tenth. 

It is a sad commentary on our nation that we don't make it here anymore. Every time I see something about the shrinking manufacturing section in our nation I hear "We Can't Make It Here Anymore" by James McMurty (son of Larry "Lonesome Dove" McMurtry). The last verse says it all:
"In Dayton, Ohio
Or Portland, Maine
Or a cotton gin out on the great high plains
That's done closed down along with the school
And the hospital and the swimming pool
Dust devils dance in the noonday heat
There's rats in the alley
And trash in the street
Gang graffiti on a boxcar door
We can't make it anymore"

I hope that next year the list is longer.

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