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Born in the USA: These Are the Most American American Cars of 2017

Car and Driver Logo By Greg Fink of Car and Driver | Slide 1 of 11: Contrary to Aristotle’s assertion, the sum of a car’s parts is greater than its whole—at least if you’re trying to establish how American one car is relative to another.Thanks to the global economy, today’s cars are a hodgepodge of parts sourced from all over the world. Unlike in the past, a vehicle manufacturer’s global headquarters or a vehicle’s final assembly point can no longer solely determine whether a specific car or truck is a primarily domestic or foreign product.To help account for the new world of vehicle manufacturing, Frank DuBois, an associate professor at the American University Kogod School of Business, has developed a formula to index just how American a car or truck is. It takes into account factors such as the final point of assembly for a vehicle and its major components, the locations of a manufacturer’s headquarters and its research-and-development centers, and the percentage of U.S. and Canadian parts used in each vehicle, relying on data from the American Automobile Labeling Act (AALA). Crunch all of those numbers together, and, voilà, you come up with the percentage of a given vehicle’s total domestic content (TDC).After DuBois ran the numbers on 419 vehicles for his 2017 report, the following 10 emerged as the most American cars and trucks sold today. Click through and commence flag waving.

Born in the USA: These Are the Most American American Cars of 2017

Contrary to Aristotle’s assertion, the sum of a car’s parts is greater than its whole—at least if you’re trying to establish how American one car is relative to another.

Thanks to the global economy, today’s cars are a hodgepodge of parts sourced from all over the world. Unlike in the past, a vehicle manufacturer’s global headquarters or a vehicle’s final assembly point can no longer solely determine whether a specific car or truck is a primarily domestic or foreign product.To help account for the new world of vehicle manufacturing, Frank DuBois, an associate professor at the American University Kogod School of Business, has developed a formula to index just how American a car or truck is. It takes into account factors such as the final point of assembly for a vehicle and its major components, the locations of a manufacturer’s headquarters and its research-and-development centers, and the percentage of U.S. and Canadian parts used in each vehicle, relying on data from the American Automobile Labeling Act (AALA). Crunch all of those numbers together, and, voilà, you come up with the percentage of a given vehicle’s total domestic content (TDC).

After DuBois ran the numbers on 419 vehicles for his 2017 report, the following 10 emerged as the most American cars and trucks sold today. Click through and commence flag waving.

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