The most American car is… the Toyota Camry?
It may have a Japanese badge, but the Camry is built in America, and more Americans buy it than any other car.
In a true sign of globalization, the Toyota Camry was named the most “American-Made” car by Cars.com. The website’s annual “American-Made Index” measures how much of a car’s assembly takes place in the United States, and how much a car appeals to Americans.
The Camry has been the number one American-made car four years running. Cars.com based its decision on the Camry’s U.S. Sales, where its parts come from, and where it is assembled.
The Camry may have a Japanese badge, but it is built by Americans, for Americans. In 2011, it was America’s bestselling car and third bestselling vehicle, beaten only by the Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado trucks.
Those sales numbers were an important factor in the decision. “U.S. sales are a component of our index for a number of reasons,” said Patrick Olsen, Editor in Chief of Cars.com. “For one thing, it’s safe to say that the more a vehicle sells, the more U.S. workers are involved in production and delivery of the vehicle and the more U.S. dealers are profiting. Additionally, we think it’s valid to give credit for how American buyers embrace a vehicle.”
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