The Chevy Corvette is commonly known as “America’s sports car,” flying the red-white-and-blue pride with a big V8 and crossed flag badge on the nose. However, according to one recent study, the Vette is only the fifth-most American-made car in 2021.
Per a recent study from Cars.com, the Chevy Corvette slots in below the fourth-ranked Jeep Cherokee and above the sixth-ranked Honda Ridgeline. The top three most American-made models in the list include the Tesla Model Y in third, the Ford Mustang in second, and the Tesla Model 3 in first.
The Cars.com list is based on five primary criteria, including assembly location, parts content, engine origins, transmission origins, and U.S. manufacturing workforce. The study looked at a total of 344 vehicles, only 90 of which made the index. Although Cars.com does not outline its weighting and calculation methodology, each of these five criteria “play a significant role” in determining a model’s rank in the list. One of the most important qualifiers is the final assembly location, although some of the cars ranked have split manufacturing in several different countries.
As a reminder, the 2021 Chevy Corvette is assembled at the General Motors facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Bowling Green Assembly, located at 600 Corvette Drive, first opened in 1981, and has served as the exclusive producer of the Chevy Corvette for the four decades since. The facility employs roughly 1,000 workers.
The Cars.com study also sources data from the American Automobile Labeling Act (AALA), which requires automakers to report the overall percentage of U.S. and Canadian content represented by their vehicles. Although the AALA combines U.S. and Canadian parts into the same pool, Cars.com compensates by factoring in engine and transmission origins into vehicle scoring.
As the study points out, determining which models are the most American-made is particularly important in light of production disruptions incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Suez Canal blockage in March, and the ongoing global microchip shortage.