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Buy American?

Buy a Toyota or Honda. They are now more American than the big three.

Many of us have seen a coworker, neighbor, or friend purchase and prominently display a "Buy American" bumper sticker on their domestic automobile. However, in this changing global economy which has seen Toyota and Honda building new factories, design centers, and more in the U.S. and domestic automakers moving their production overseas, are "American" automobiles really that American anymore?

A study compares the Ford F-150, a classic "American" vehicle, and the Toyota Camry in its annual American-Made Index and comes to a shocking conclusion -- the Japanese automobile has more American parts in it than the truck. The study, in fact, finds Toyota Motor Corp. to be the most "American" company based on multiple factors.

The thorough study takes into account several critical factors including where the vehicles are assembled, their popularity based on sales volume, and the percentage of the parts made in the U.S. based on the cost or value of those parts. After five years as the most "American" vehicle, the Ford F-150 truck was dethroned in a shocking upset by the Toyota Camry.

Toyota didn't stop there -- it picked up the sixth spot with its Sienna minivan, the seventh spot with its Tundra full-size pickup, and the tenth spot with its new Venza crossover.

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Asked by Carpy at 6:11 PM on May. 9, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (23)
  • Our next purchase will be a Honda. We will be supporting on hometown right here in the USA.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:12 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • I bought a Honda CR-V last September. Love it!

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 6:14 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • husband is obsessed with Subaru's....that's the only car he'll buy.

    Answer by samurai_chica at 6:18 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • Am holding out for the American made BMW x5... Once we get out of the last frontier state.....

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 6:24 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • I was seriously just outside looking at my Honda and thinking how un-American I am lol.


    Answer by amazinggrace83 at 6:25 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • possibly the American made BMW x6

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 6:26 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • The study, in fact, finds Toyota Motor Corp. to be the most "American" company based on multiple factors.

    I believe this... Toyota's Kentucky Operations has one of the BEST lean management/logistic operations worldwide.... Good for Toyota.. They aren't bound by union contracts...


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 6:28 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • Study: Toyota is More "American" Than GM, Ford, Chrysler
    Jason Mick (Blog) - July 7, 2009 11:31 AM


    Answer by Rnurse at 6:31 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • Whats so funny Rnurse?

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 6:33 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • My 1999 Honda Accord was assembled in SC. My current car--a CRV, also. ANyway---I trust Hondas and I'm glad that they are being assembled here, and employ Americans. Has to be a good thing. :-)

    Answer by minnesotanice at 6:41 PM on May. 9, 2011

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