American-Made Index: Odds Ends

Posted on 29. Jun, 2012 by in Auto News

Compiling the American-Made Index always brings its share of interesting tidbits, and this year was no shortage. Here are a few:

  • For the year 2012 is the highest domestic parts content for a single vehicle in the Toyota Matrix Hatchback. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 95% DPC meets the Matrix – a percentage not seen since 2007. But here's the catch: The matrix is not even built in the U.S. Toyota assembles the car in Canada. For a variety of reasons, the American Automobile Labeling Act includes Canada as "domestic" source. (. This is one reason that AMI uses installation as the determining factor) Matt Blunt, president of the Detroit Three, the lobby group, the American Automotive Policy Council, said: "Canada was included because at the time AALA came into force, it is I would be very hard to disentangle what is one of the most integrated bi-national production in the world. "
  • Seven cars built this year with domestic parts content of 75% or higher are in Canadian assembly plants. Blunt also acknowledges the system's imperfections, and said, "Sure you need a more accurate system, and it is not likely useful [domestic content] different reporting metrics" by the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Government Corporate Average Fuel Economy Program. Cars.com uses the AALA AMI calculate, because it is what every new-vehicle buyers may be to find a new car. The other two programs are very much more opaque.
  • The best-selling car is assembled exclusively in the U.S. Ford F-Series Pickup. The best selling car in Mexico is built Ford Fusion Sedan, although the transitions change as production Ford Fusion Michigan. The best-selling car in Canada is the Chevrolet Equinox SUV. The best-selling import? The Toyota Prius Hybrid.
  • We reported a total U.S. employment by the Detroit Three to foreign automakers, but also tallied each car factory – Assembly, powertrain, stamping, casting and the like – all of America that is involved with light commercial vehicle production. GM, Ford, Chrysler, and two U.S. startups – Tesla and taxi-maker MV-1 – 75.5 operating plants. (The percentage is from Flat Rock, Michigan, where Ford and Mazda have a common game.) In comparison, BMW, Honda, Hyundai-Kia, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen lead 29.5 plants. But any foreign-owned factory employs more workers. Without the Ford / Mazda plant, U.S. carmakers average of 1,382 employees per establishment. In contrast, an average of 2,315 workers per plant foreign bodies.
  • The US-built nameplates with 75% or higher level of domestic content, GM results for the 2012 model year with seven. Toyota In second place with five, but the automaker has the most cars that have zero-percent domestic parts. Twenty nameplates, Toyota, Scion, including any and all, but a Lexus, have no domestic content whatsoever to NHTSA.
  • The Chevrolet Volt has a lot of political controversy stirred, but President Barack Obama may want to temper his enthusiasm for it: GM's plug-in hatchback has only 46% domestic parts.
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