WASHINGTON — Three 2016 General Motors SUVs — the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia, which share a common platform — and the 2016 Ford F-150 pickup are the vehicles with the highest percentage of domestic content, according to this year's Kogod Made in America Automotive Index.
The GM SUVs compete with such models as the Audi Q7, Acura MDX, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Highlander, while the Ford F-150 is pitted against competitors like the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Nissan Titan, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra.
The three GM models tied with a score of 90 out of 100, and the F-150 came in next with a score of 85, on the fourth annual index developed by Associate Professor Frank DuBois, an expert in global supply chain management at American University's Kogod School of Business in Washington.
The American Automobile Labeling Act (AALA) requires all passenger vehicles manufactured after October 1, 1994, to display labels specifying their percentage of U.S. and Canadian parts content, as well as the country of assembly and countries of origin of the engine and transmission.
While the Kogod Index incorporates AALA data into its score, it also takes into account such factors as the location of the automaker's global headquarters (to determine where the profits go); the location of the manufacturer's research and development activities; and the origin of some components that the federal government may not otherwise require to be specified.
Using this methodology, the 2016 Kogod Index determined that the rest of the vehicles near the top of the list include the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette (with a score of 83), followed by the 2016 Buick LaCrosse, 2016 Cadillac Escalade, 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, 2016 Chevrolet Suburban, 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe, 2016 Chevrolet Malibu and 2016 GMC Yukon (all tied at 82.5).
Like last year, as reported by Edmunds, General Motors products dominate the 2016 rankings of vehicles with the highest percentage of domestic content. The highest-rated non-U.S. brand on the list — the only one in the Top-25 — is Honda, whose Ohio-made Accord received a score of 81.