General Motors vehicles have, on average, more American content than any other automaker, according to a recent study performed by the Kogod School of Business at Washington’s American University.
The study found that 70.6% of the parts and materials that make up GM’s U.S. assembled vehicles came from within America. That figure drops to 58.2% when including the vehicles it builds abroad, but this still represents more average domestic content than any other manufacturer. Ford was second in this regard, with the Dearborn-based company using 67.6% domestic content for its U.S. based vehicles and 55% for all. Fiat Chrysler was third in the study with 64.1% domestic content for U.S.-made products and 55% for all of its vehicles.
Unfortunately, the Ford Ranger managed to displace the automatic version of the Chevrolet Corvette as the most American vehicle for 2020. The Ranger has 85% domestic content, putting it ahead of the automatic Chevrolet Camaro, which is second with 83%. The 2020 Corvette is tied for third with two other GM products, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks, with all three boasting 82% domestic content.
GM vehicles make up most of the top ten, as well. The Cadillac CT4 and CT5 sedans are tied with the Ford Explorer, Tesla Model Y and Tesla Model S for fifth at 77.5% domestic content, while the Cadillac XT4 is sixth with 77%. The manual Camaro, Cadillac XT5, Cadillac XT6 and GMC Acadia are also in a four-way tie for seventh at 76%.
Japanese automaker Honda lead the way among foreign automakers for domestic content in American-made vehicles at 62.6%. Volvo, a Swedish company that makes many of its products in Europe and China, was last with 30%.
“Looking at US content by brand illustrates the degree that manufacturers rely on US production across their product lines,” the Kogod School of Business said in a press release. “When looking at average total domestic content (TDC) by manufacturers for cars assembled in the US, one finds a high of GM, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler at 65-70 percent and a low of BMW and Volvo at 33 and 30 percent, respectively.”
Click here to view a copy of the 2020 Made in America Auto Index.