DETROIT — If buying American made vehicles matters to you, you may want to look at the small print. Shopautoweek.com, a car shopping website bringing the expertise of Autoweek editors to the consumer purchase decision, reports that the two most “North American” vehicles are made by a Japanese company.
Based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recent analysis of vehicles with parts sourced from the U.S. and Canada, shopautoweek.com reports that two of the top three picks for consumers concerned with buying local are the Toyota Matrix and Avalon.
“Automakers are truly global in nature, and they rely on a wide range of supply networks,” says Greg Migliore, news editor. “The research shows some surprising results, so it’s a good idea to check the sticker when making a purchase.”
Detroit automaker General Motors ranks the highest of American automakers at third place with the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana. The cargo vans have 82 percent parts made in North America, compared to the Toyota Matrix and Avalon, which have 95 percent and 85 percent respectively.
The Ford Expedition and Honda Accord come in with having 80 percent parts made in North America. Other examples include: Chrysler 200 convertible, 79 percent; Volkswagen Routan, 75 percent and the Nissan Altima, 60 percent.
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