Was your “American made” car or truck really made in America? Just because a vehicle is made by an American company doesn’t mean that the parts that were used to build it were created in the United States, or even that the labor used to create it was, either.
In a globalized society, it’s often hard to know where, exactly, a product as complicated as a car or truck was really created. Fortunately for people who want to support American industry, American University’s study, the Made in America Auto Index, provides detailed information about where the parts and labor that create each car company’s vehicles come from.
This year, General Motors topped the 2017 Made in America Auto Index, as it did in previous years.
About the Made in America Auto Index
The Made in America Auto Index is compiled by the Kogod School of Business at American University and is led by Professor Frank DuBois, who is an expert in global supply chain management and has a vast understanding of the vast, international assembly process that creates 21st Century cars, trucks, and SUVs.
The Index is compiled from a variety of sources, including information made available through the American Automobile Labeling Act (AALA), which requires manufacturers to disclose the exact number of parts in their vehicles that were manufactured in the U.S. and Canada.
The study is important for multiple reasons. According to DuBois:
“This index is an alternative ranking system that provides consumers with the most accurate reflection of the true country of origin of a car and the impact of its purchase on the U.S. economy, and helps consumers make sense of automakers’ marketing claims.”
How General Motors Performed on This Year’s Index
On this year’s Made in America Auto Index, several General Motors vehicles performed incredibly well. In particular, the Chevy Traverse, the GMC Arcadia, and the Buick Enclave all tied for the top place on the list, with each vehicle earning a score of 85.5% made in America. The next highest-ranking vehicle was the Ford F-150, which came in second place.
The fact that three General Motors vehicles all tied for the top spots on the list is an impressive achievement, but it’s not the only success GM had on this year’s Index.
The automatic transmission Chevrolet Camaro came in third place, while the Chevrolet Colorado 4WD Z71 Crew Cab tied for seventh with the Cadillac ATS Sedan AWD and the Cadillac CT6 Platinum AWK. The Chevrolet Malibu LTD Hybrid also placed in the top ten, coming in at 10th along with the Ford Explorer.
Automobile manufacturing has long been a proud American tradition, and the jobs and money the industry produces are an important part of the domestic economy. When consumers support companies like General Motors, which is committed to American manufacturing, they help keep people employed and the economy strong, which benefits everyone.
Learn more about General Motors’ 2017 vehicles by contacting our Spencer Chevrolet Community Chevy dealership today at 812-829-4843.