The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickup trucks currently hold a Domestic Parts Content (DPC) of 65 percent – just below the minimum amount of 75 percent required to be a candidate for the Cars.com American Made Index. The Index is a list composed of ten cars and uses a formula that measures US-built cars that are bought in large quantities by American consumers and hold at least 75 percent DPC. Interestingly, five of the models on this year’s list were not even considered the year before.
It should also be noted that last year’s king of the American Made Index – the Ford F-150 – didn’t even make it to the top ten vehicles list this year. Ironically, the Toyota Camry took the number one spot, followed by the Honda Accord. The only GM product that made the list is the Chevrolet Malibu, placing fifth overall.
Considering full-size pickup trucks are as American as Old Glory, news that the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra (along with the F-150) have fallen off the list entirely comes as somewhat of an eyebrow raiser and points to the highly fluctuating and extremely competitive nature of the automotive parts industry. But who knows, perhaps the recovery of the global automotive industry will bring them back eventually.
But it should be pointed out that thousands of hard-working men and women employed in locations all over the United States making these versatile machines together under one roof should count for something, especially compared to a small warehouse in Bulgaria getting the bid on manufacturing gas caps… right?[Source:Cars.com]