General Motors overshadows the Made in America Automotive Index for the second year in a row. The list is comprised at the American University’s Kogod School of Business. This year GM’s Chevrolet Corvette Stingray tied for first place and seventeen other GM vehicles tied themselves up with others in the top ten list including the Traverse, Equinox, Express, Malibu, Impala, Suburban and Tahoe. The other vehicles that made top ten rankings are the GMC Acadia, Acadia Denali, Terrain, Savana and Yukon, Cadillac CTS, Escalade and ATS, along with the Buick Enclave and LaCrosse.
The index is written by global supply chain management expert and professor at American University, Frank DuBois. The Kogod lineup is based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The list divides 318 cars based on:
- Profit Margin: Location of the automaker’s global headquarters
- Labor: Location of assembly
- Research & Development: Location of R&D activities
- Transmission: Location of production
- Inventory, Capital and Other Expenses: Location of assembly
- Engine: Location of production
- The Labeling Act “Domestic Content” Score
Numerous factors are considered in this index that aren’t considered in the American Automotive Labeling Act making this list more thorough.
“This index undoubtedly provides Americans with a more defined explanation of the actual origin of a vehicle and its purchasing impact on the U.S. economy,” said Gerald Johnson, GM’s North America Manufacturing vice president, in a press release.