Toyota, not Detroit, tops American-Made vehicle index
Domestic-Parts Content: Where the Automakers Stand
I thought one of the comments posted to the article was on target. I am
quoting this below:
"The Cars.com American-Made Index provided a distorted picture to US
consumers. Its research result ignored an important factor that one OEM may
have a product made in US with high US contents, but in the meantime also
sells the same product imported from its home country. For example, import
vehicles still account for more than 40% of Toyota total US sales (see
Without including this fact in the content research it provides a distorted
picture to US consumers and falsely leads us to believe Toyota is a more
domestic maker than GM, Ford and Chrysler."
Instead of depending on the distilled CARS.COM interpertation of the
domestic content of various vehicles, you can go to a NHTSA website where
you can review the doemstic content information for all models sold in the
The 40% is for Toyota ONLY not all of T.M.C.. The latest report from the
US Commerce Department says the percentage of imported vehicles sold in the
US by "Toyota Motor Company of Japan," has gone UP from 52% in 2007 to 57%
in 2009, the last year of record.
Toyota is selling more of their Toyota hybrid, small and midget cars and
Lexus vehicles, that are made in Japan and fewer American assembled Camry's,
because of increased demand for small and midget cars and declining Camry
and Scion sales in the US.
You are confusing the north American parts content with American made parts
and materials. The "North American Parts" label includes parts merely
assembled in north America from imported parts and materials. Even
Camry's, imported from Japan, carry the same "North American Parts" label
that is on Camry's that are assembled in the US and they do not have a
single part, or any material made in the US.
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