Ford Lands on ‘American-Made Index’ Three Times!
As expected, the F-150 gets a salute alongside the Taurus and Expedition.
Charts claiming to feature the “most, least, best, and worst” of something are always controversial. Now, adding to the drama is the 2017 edition of Cars.com’s “American-Made Index.” Due to the rapid globalization of automobile manufacturing over the index’s 11-year history, the number of models meeting the original criteria has fallen. It once featured over 60 vehicles in 2006, and now it’s down to only eight.
In fact, the popular outlet claims that had the criteria remained the same as in 2006, only three 2017 models would’ve qualified for the popular index.
The newly revised system surveys vehicles assembled in the United States with high domestic-parts content, primarily U.S.-derived engines and transmissions, and high American manufacturing jobs supported per vehicle.
2017 Model (Assembly Location)
1. Jeep Wrangler, Wrangler Unlimited (Toledo, Ohio)
2. Jeep Cherokee (Toledo, Ohio and Belvidere, Ill.)
3. Ford Taurus (Chicago)
4. Honda Ridgeline (Lincoln, Ala.)
5. Acura RDX (East Liberty, Ohio)
6. Ford F-150 (Dearborn, Mich., and Claycomo, Mo.)
7. Ford Expedition (Louisville, Ky.)
8. GMC Acadia (Spring Hill, Tenn.)
9. Honda Odyssey (Lincoln, Ala.)
10. Honda Pilot (Lincoln, Ala.)
As expected, several Ford models made the list with the Taurus sneaking into the top three. Following the sedan that’s mingling with the reaper, is the F-150 in sixth place. Directly behind the F-150 in seventh place is the Ford Expedition.
Ford’s latest accolades are impressive, of course, but we are still left with one question: What happened to the made-in-Texas Toyota Tundra and Tacoma?