Chart Of The Day: Domestic Content Edition

chart of the day domestic content edition

These are the ten vehicles that NHTSA says are made from 90 percent domestically-produced components [via]. Notice a common thread there? Yes, the correct answer is Ford involvement, but according to, the task of crowning a “king of domestic content” isn’t as simple as NHTSA’s number. doesn’t give away the secret recipe for its American Made Index, but it says that it weighs parts content (minimum requirement: 75 percent) against sales to find the maximum economic impact. It also models excludes vehicles built exclusively outside the U.S. or models that are being phased out (akaTown Car, and the Mercurys). Here is the top of their list for 2010:

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  • Wagen Wagen on Jun 25, 2010

    It's a shame that the phrase "fun to drive" doesn't describe a single vehicle on either list. (Well, maybe the wrangler if one expands the driving to include off-road.)

  • D_c_weber D_c_weber on Mar 09, 2011

    We need a domestic content label for products sold in this country. The content should be based on the % of dollars that go to USA citizen's versus the % of dollars that go to non-USA citizens. It doesn't matter that a Ford Fusion is built in Mexico. What matters is that for every dollar that is spent on a Fusion, $0.90 goes to USA citizens. Even though some Mexican's put togetehr the final product, that doesn't make it a Mexican vehicle. Same with a Honda Civic. Sure a few thousand dollars goes to some laborers in Marysville, OH. But, follow the money. All of the profit, engineering, and most parts go to Japanese citizens. I have good froiends that are Japanese. But, when it comes to patriotic duty, balancing the trade deficit comes before the cheapest price and it comes before friends. Afterall, my grandchildren will be the peons to the Chinese and Japanese and Koreans if we don't buy USA today.

  • IBx1 For all this time with the hellcat engine, everything they made was pathetic automatic scum save for the Challenger. A manual Durango, Grand Cherokee, Charger, 300C, et al would have been the real last gasp for driving enthusiasts. As it is, the party is long over.
  • MaintenanceCosts The sweet spot of this generation isn't made anymore: the SRT 392. The Scat Pack is more or less filling the same space but it lacks a lot of the goodies, including SRT suspension, brakes, and seats. The Hellcat is too much and isn't available with a manual anymore.
  • Arthur Dailey I am normally a fan of Exner's designs but by this time the front end on the Stutz like most of the rest of the vehicle is a laughable monstrosity of gauche. The interior finishes suit the rest of the vehicle. Corey please put this series out of its misery. This is one vehicle manufacturer best left on the scrap heap of history.
  • Art Vandelay I always thought what my Challenger really needed was a convertible top to make it heavier and make visability worse.
  • Dlc65688410 Please stop, we can't take anymore of this. Think about doing something on the Spanish Pegaso.