Hmmm…which pickup is the most American?
Domestically produced products have become more of a hot-bed issue due in large part to the presidential race.
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump made headlines after chastising Ford following its announcement in April that it would be building a $1.6 billion assembly plant in Mexico. Trump has said that, if elected president, he’ll be taking on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to bring back factory jobs to the U.S.
Forbes, citing Memorial Day and the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, recently published results from the 2016 “Made in America Auto Index.” The index reveals the overall percentage of domestically produced parts and pieces that comprise autos sold in the U.S.
GM easily dominated Forbes top seven spots for ‘Most American Cars and Trucks.’ Several vehicles tied for various places on the list.
Out of 18 vehicles in Forbes top seven line-up, only three are pickups. Ford’s F-150 took second place; 85 percent of the truck is manufactured in the U.S. GM’s Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon tied for last place with 80.5 percent of their parts being produced domestically.
First place went to the Buick Enclave, Chevy Equinox and GMC Acadia with 90 percent domestic content.
Overall, 14 of the 18 vehicles on Forbes list are made by GM. Ford’s only other vehicle on the list, the Ford Taurus, tied for sixth place with FCA’s Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (FCA’s only vehicle on the list). Honda took fifth place with the Accord.
GM announced last month that it will be moving its light-duty pickup production back to the U.S. from Mexico.