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With the globalization of automobile manufacturing, is it possible to buy an American-Made car in 2017? The answer is “Yes.”

In an article called “AMERICA STRONG” in the July 2, 2017 issue of the Chicago Tribune, the author describes the sizeable portion of car shoppers who want to buy American. According to the article, “A recent survey on found that about 25 percent of respondents would only consider an American manufacturer.” That figure is nearly double the percentage that answered the same way in 2016.

What percentage of cars are still American made? The article states that “the largest block of this year’s respondents (again, about 25 percent) thought that between 31 percent and 40 percent of cars sold in the U.S. are “American made.” That’s accurate if it’s strictly automakers fully headquartered in the U.S.—namely Ford, GM, and Tesla, whose combined sales through May account for about a third of all U.S. auto sales, per Automotive News.”

For the past eleven years, has released its American-Made Index. The index “analyzes cars assembled in the U.S. with high domestic-parts content, predominant U.S. sourcing for engines and transmissions, and high U.S. manufacturing jobs supported per vehicle.” Below is the 2017 American-Made Index:

2017 Model (Assembly location)

  1. Jeep Wrangler, Wrangler Unlimited (Toledo, Ohio and Belvidere, Illinois)
  2. Jeep Cherokee (Toledo, Ohio and Belvidere, Illinois)
  3. Ford Taurus (Chicago, Illinois)
  4. Honda Ridgeline (Lincoln, Alabama)
  5. Acura RDX (East Liberty, Ohio)
  6. Ford F-150 (Dearborn, Michigan and Clayborn, Missouri)
  7. Ford Expedition (Louisville, Kentucky)
  8. GMC Acadia (Spring Hill, Tennessee)
  9. Honda Odyssey (Lincoln, Alabama)
  10. Honda Pilot (Lincoln, Alabama)

What is the total impact of the global auto industry on U.S. jobs? According to the Michigan based Center for Automotive Research, 322,000 Americans were directly employed by automakers. In addition, another 521,000 worked at automotive suppliers. New car dealers employed another 710,000 Americans.

Many additional jobs exist because of the U.S. auto industry. The list includes used car dealers, independent repair shops, finance and insurance companies. According to the article, “AMERICA STRONG,” “the Center for Automotive Research estimated in 2015 that the U.S. auto industry directly contributed to the creation of another 5.7 million private-sector jobs. That’s 7.25 million private-sector jobs attributable to the auto industry, the center found, with some $500 billion in annual compensation—nearly $70,000 apiece. In sum, the center noted the auto industry supported some 3.8 percent of all private-sector jobs and historically has accounted for 3 to 3.5 percent of the U.S. GDP.”

—By Karen Centowski

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