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“AMERICAN-MADE” AIN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE …  Automotive website Cars.com has released its annual list of the Top Ten “American made” cars … but a quick peek under the hood reveals troubling trends for the “Made in the U.S.A.” movement. This year, only thirteen models manufactured in American featured…

“AMERICAN-MADE” AIN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE … 

Automotive website Cars.com has released its annual list of the Top Ten “American made” cars … but a quick peek under the hood reveals troubling trends for the “Made in the U.S.A.” movement.

This year, only thirteen models manufactured in American featured domestic-parts content greater than 75 percent – the threshold for inclusion on this list.  Four years ago?  Thirty models met that criteria.

“It’s a clear trend, and it comes despite increased domestic car production,” Yahoo! News noted.

Indeed … pretty soon Cars.com is going to have to go with a Top Five “American made” list (or adjust its criteria).

Oh, it’s also worth pointing out that seven of the ten top “American made” cars this year were Hondas or Toyotas.

“In today’s global economy, there’s no easy way to determine just how American a car is,” the editors at Cars.com said.  “Many cars built in the U.S., for example, are assembled using parts that come from elsewhere.  Some cars assembled in the U.S. from largely American-made parts don’t sell well, meaning fewer Americans are employed to build them.”

Want the numbers? This year ninety American-made models have an average domestic parts content of 57.1 percent.  In 2013, there were 93 models with 57.7 percent American-made parts.  The year before?  Eighty-six models were 60.5 percent “American made.”

Yeah …

It’s been tough sledding for the auto industry of late.  After a government subsidized “recovery,” the specter of rising interest rates has many analysts eyeing decreased demand in the coming years.

Oh … and let’s not forget the backed up inventory.

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18 comments

Smirks July 1, 2014 at 11:13 am

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2014/02/12/used-cars-less-dependable-jdpower/5403139/

Lexus is #1, without contest either, but Acura is high up there too. If you remove the luxury lines, Honda and Toyota are still on top.

There is a price to cutting corners.

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SCBlueWoman July 1, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Best small SUV (Consumer Reports) is the Subaru Forester. It’s 12 points ahead of the number 2 SUV. All the top three are not American made, unfortunately.

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GrandTango July 1, 2014 at 11:19 am

Any list manufactured by the establishment media, and hawked by Yahoo and FITS, I would not trust. You are totally agenda-driven.
Mercedes, like mine, has been the best for decades, if not forever. No matter what Obama, and FITS try to sell you on. Mercedes is a great car. That has not changed,

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Smirks July 1, 2014 at 11:31 am

GrandTango’s love for Hitler references + GrandTango’s love for Mercedes =

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_770

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GrandTango July 1, 2014 at 11:43 am

Yet Obama has Death Panels, but you see nothing wrong with that. LMAO….You liberals are a trip.

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Frank July 1, 2014 at 11:37 am

So true. Nothing beats a Saturday morning drive with my husband to the farmers market in my Benz, listening to NPR and sipping on a steaming Cafe au Lait. You sound like a man after my own tastes, GrandTango!

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GrandTango July 1, 2014 at 11:44 am

Sounds great, I’d love to “antique” w/ you some time. If you can open your mind wide enough to tolerate someone like me.

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Ya Killin' Us, Man! July 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Collecting Medicaid rolling in the Benz…Tango’s living the dream!

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GrandTango July 1, 2014 at 11:49 am

Metts pleads not guilty, get 100K bond.

Update here: http://scdigest.blogspot.com/

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aikencounty July 1, 2014 at 11:51 am

2001 Chevrolet 2500HD 4X4 LS -Pontiac, Michigan
2012 Chevrolet Tahoe LT-San Antonio,Texas
2014 Chevrolet Silverado 4X4 LT- Fort Wayne,Indiana
2004 Key West 186 Tournament Edition-Summerville, South Carolina
3 pair Pointer Brand jeans-Bristol, Tennessee
3 pair Diamond Gussett jeans,Bon Aqua, Tennessee
1 pair Round House jeans, Oklahoma
Just doing my red-neck best to protect AMERICAN workers!

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USAonlydotUS July 1, 2014 at 3:09 pm

come find more stuff on my website for Made-in-USA Products
http://www.USAonly.US

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John Boy July 1, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Wow! Look what Tango started. Anyone else have any shit to pimp? Welcome aboard!

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USAonlydotUS July 1, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Hey, I’m pimpin’ Ameican Companies, trying to keep our money between the 2 coasts, and create jobs. Check it out

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John Boy July 1, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Okay, it’s a cool site!

Nölff July 1, 2014 at 1:22 pm

I’ve gone with Dodge since I was a kid. If you know how to maintain your truck/car, you shouldn’t have any problems. I’ve never had any major problems except for a bad alternator out of all the Dodge trucks I’ve owned since I’ve been driving.

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Nölff July 1, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Consumer’s Digest and Moter Trend ranks Dodge Ram at the top. I’d trust that over cars.com.

I love my truck btw.

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USAonlydotUS July 1, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Check out my website for Made-in-USA products http://www.USAonly.US
I have the ultimate American Car. 1984 AMC (Ameircan Motors Corp) Eagle Limited. Kenosha, WI.

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Bible Thumper July 1, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Auto manufacturing is becoming international. What is the level of American content in foreign made cars?

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