- Japanese brands Toyota and Honda produce some of the "most American" vehicles on the market, according to an analysis by Edmunds.
- Toyota and Honda lead or are tied for the lead in four of eight categories.
- The Chevrolet Camaro, which leads the coupe segment, has only 71-percent local content.
SANTA MONICA, California — Japanese brands Toyota and Honda produce some of the "most American" vehicles on the market, according to an analysis by Edmunds, with Toyota and Honda leading or tied for the lead in four of eight categories.
Consumers also may be surprised to learn that such "all-American" models as the 2013 Ford F-150 pickup and the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro — leaders in their respective segments — don't have as many U.S. and Canadian parts as some buyers might think.
The Camaro, which leads the coupe category, has 71-percent U.S./Canadian content, while the F-150 has 75 percent, which ties it with the Toyota Tundra at the top of the pickup segment.
Among category leaders with the highest local content are the Dodge Grand Caravan (minivan), the Toyota Avalon (sedan) and the Ford Expedition (SUV/crossover), all with 80 percent.
The Chrysler 200 (74 percent) was the top convertible, the Honda Crosstour (75 percent) was the top hatchback and the Cadillac CTS Wagon (65 percent) and the Toyota Venza tied for top wagon.
"In a world of global supply chains, buying an 'American' car can be difficult," said Edmunds Consumer Advice Editor Carroll Lachnit. "A car's 'American-ness' is often in the eye of the car shopper and the manufacturer. The 2013 Avalon, for example, was designed, engineered and manufactured in the United States and 80 percent of its content is domestic. Many car buyers, however, reject the idea that a company based in Toyota City makes 'American' cars."
Edmunds notes that the percentage of U.S./Canadian content is based on information reported by carmakers to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as required by the American Automobile Labeling Act (AALA).
The information, which is carried on a vehicle's window sticker, includes the percentage of U.S./Canadian parts content; the names of any other countries that contribute 15 percent or more of the equipment content; the final assembly point by city, state and country, and the country of origin of the engine and the transmission.
Edmunds has more information on how to evaluate an "American" car here.
Edmunds says: After digesting these numbers, "buy American" may take on a slightly different meaning.