By on June 24, 2018

While you still hear people throw around the slogan “American Made” quite a bit when it comes to automobiles, the phrase has grown increasingly meaningless. Even if something is built within the states, parts for it will stream in from across the globe. Other times something may not even be built within the country. For example, the iconically American Dodge Challenger is assembled in  Brampton, Ontario and has its 5.7-liter Hemi engines shipped in from Mexico. That’s not a slight to the vehicle, but you just know people have slapped a “Buy American” bumper sticker onto more than a couple of them.

However there are models that still have the majority of their bolts tightened within the United States and that means something to some shoppers. If you’re one of those, here are most American cars you can buy in 2018. 

Every year, Cars.com releases its American-Made Index — which weighs every vehicle’s assembly location, domestic-parts content as determined by the American Automobile Labeling Act (AALA), engine sourcing, transmission sourcing and factory jobs provided by the automaker’s U.S. plants. Since the AALA’s domestic-parts content statistics do not distinguish between Canadian and U.S. parts, Cars.com includes powertrain sourcing and factory labor as a way to offset that.

Last year, that formula placed the Jeep Wrangler as the most American automobile money could buy. But the 2018 Wrangler’s decreased domestic content threw it out of the top ten. In its stead, however, is the Jeep Cherokee. The SUV, assembled in Belvidere, Illinois, boasts a domestic-parts content of 72 percent for the current model year.

The Honda Odyssey minivan and Ridgeline pickup took the next two spots. Both models possess a higher-than-average quantity of domestically sourced components, U.S.-built drivetrains, and are manufactured in Lincoln, Alabama. The Chicago-built Ford Taurus pursued the Hondas in forth place, followed by the index’s highest-ranked newbie, the Chevrolet Volt. That was down to the little electric being manufactured in Michigan and sourcing its battery cells from its home state — a rarity within the industry. While GM also gets batteries from outside the U.S. it was still good for a 66-percent domestic content rating for the 2018 model year.

Honda’s Pilot, which is also assembled in Lincoln, Alabama, was up next. It was followed by Ohio’s Acura MDX and Illinois’ Ford Explorer. The jewel of the Midwest, Ford’s F-150, took ninth place. Despite not having the largest content of American parts, its assembly actually employs the most U.S. citizens thanks to Ford having high-output factories in both Michigan and Missouri.

The always-American Chevrolet Corvette rounded out the pack in tenth place. Still assembled in Bowling Green, Kentucky, America’s most-iconic sports car still maintains an exceptionally high level of domestic parts. However its low production volume doesn’t result in a large U.S. workforce.

We kind of wonder where Dodge’s Viper would have been on the list if FCA hadn’t killed it off last year. Pervious model years scored exceptionally high in the AALA’s domestic-parts content but, like the Vette, it didn’t employ a colossal number of people.

While the index is comprehensive, you can weigh this data in a number of ways that would ultimately result in different outcomes. For example, the Kogod School of Business in Washington, D.C. runs its own American Made Index and typically takes into account the AALA content statistics and weighs it against similar metrics as the Cars.com report. But the Kogod index weighs things a bit differently and places an emphasis on where a company is headquartered and the location of its R&D centers. Fortunately, no matter how many studies we’ve examined, there is a commonality between them and a lot of the same models showing up.

For the most part, buying a non-small or wildly popular vehicle from a domestic automaker is a decent way to ensure it’s “American Made.” However, there are certainly exceptions to that rule and Honda should probably be considered for honorary status as a American automaker at this point. The company consistently produces vehicles that were rated high in domestic content and employed a large number of U.S. citizens — especially with its large and popular models.

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  • avatar
    White Shadow

    I stopped caring about this about 20 years ago. Right now I have a Jeep, Audi, and Acura in my garage.

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Posky

      Purchasing a car you like always makes more sense than any kind of blind loyalty but we know there are a subset of drivers that REALLY care about this kind of stuff.

      I’m curious about that garage, what’s in it, and which one you love the most.

      • 0 avatar
        Mandalorian

        Exactly this. I’ve had Japanese, American, and German cars, and at all of my purchases in the last few decades have cross-shopped all of the above countries of origin. I will do so for my next purchase as well.

      • 0 avatar
        White Shadow

        The Audi for sure is most loved because 6MT & turbocharged…the Jeep is a Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and makes for a fantastic snow runner and still good enough to load up at Home Depot. The Acura is an MDX and is mostly driven by the boss. Definitely my least loved though…

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      I like the way you shop.

      I’m the same regarding vehicle purchases.

      I use a simple formula.
      1. How much money I have.
      2. Vehicle use. I break this down into compnents, ie, 90% of the time I need it for personal transport, work, shopping, visits, etc, then recreation (4×4/fishing/camping), “work”, moving and carting stuff and can a trailer be a subsitute.
      3. I then form a group of vehicles to start my selection and whittle it down. I do a desktop at the start and physically check out the last half dozen contenders.
      4. Resale doesn’t worry me as I want a tool to do the job and not tolerate deficiencies being a tight a$$.

      Brand or origin is tertiary. There are some so called “”sh!t” brands that have good vehicles Ford is a classic example. I even ended up with a 4×4 midsize pickup (Ford based) when I was seriously considering a LR Discovery and spent 1/2 as much as I budgeted.

  • avatar
    JimC2

    Need some popcorn to enjoy while watching the pseudo-patriotic righteous indignation and the political “it’s your party’s fault” rants. Hehehehe

    • 0 avatar
      threeer

      No indignation or ranting needed. I just prefer to see my friends, neighbors (and family) get up and go to work each day while our country keeps more of it’s wealth than I do seeing it go to other countries (especially those that are neither friend or ally and are openly hostile towards us). Why is it all of a sudden wrong to want to see our own country do well? I don’t blame either party. It’s a three-legged stool (government, industry and the consumer) and all three have tilted for too long in one direction.

      • 0 avatar
        JimC2

        I think of it more like the U.S. is a nation of trade. Countries buy stuff from each other.

        (That doesn’t mean I’m a fan of buying stuff from countries who don’t like us.)

      • 0 avatar

        The problem with this stance is that foreigners should, rationally, take the same stance. That means that I, as a Canadian, should buy what serves Canada best and eschew what benefits foreign countries as much as possible. That works directly against American interests. And of course, it also means Europeans, South Americans, Asians, Australians, Kiwis, etc. should all act with the same attitude.

        Ultimately, if we all do that, we’ll all be in little islands of minimal trade, paying more for goods than we need to, because our countries aren’t the most efficient producers of everything.

        Whenever I point this out online, I seem to get a lot of kickback, as though it’s okay for Americans to draw inward within their borders but not for the residents of other countries to do the same. Either it’s okay, or it isn’t. There is no it’s-okay-for-us-but-not-for-you.

  • avatar
    Sub-600

    I would bet money that there are no Dodge Challengers with “Buy American” bumper stickers. Not one. Zero.

    • 0 avatar
      thelaine

      Agreed. Just a bit of condescension.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      I was passed by one as I was getting off the highway yesterday. It had dozen or more stickers on it, which I found very odd. I didn’t notice if one said Buy American, but it stuck out that someone felt the need to cover such a handsome car (‘s rear) with damn stickers.

  • avatar
    gearhead77

    I personally don’t care where it’s built overall; it’s more the principle that Chinese factories turn out most of our products, cars are one thing that I can buy that don’t have to be made in China.

    I had a Chinese-made Envision as a rental and it didn’t seem an better or worse screwed together than my ’16 Cruze, which was built in Lordstown about an hour and half from my house. That Cruze will be the most American car I will ever buy (75% American for that year IIRC) Will I set out to buy a Chinese-made vehicle? No. Will I try to avoid a Chinese made vehicle once they become more popular? Yes.

    I’d rather American workers have jobs, even if the profits go mostly overseas. Cars have been multinational endeavors for years. Wonder how many in the “rah rah ‘Merica” mindset know that their ‘Merican Dodge, Chevy or Ford was built by Canadians or those damn Mexicans.

    My wife’s great uncle had a last gen Chevy Tracker when I first met him. “This little Chivvy here is great.” I didn’t have the heart to tell him it was a Suzuki, possible built in Canada ( never saw the VIN).

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    The Chinese-made and exported to the United States flood of vehicles is now a trickle, but will INEVITABLY be a flood by 2025, rivaling or exceeding the # of Mexican-assembled vehicles currently sold in the United States.

    No rhetoric by either of the duopoly RepubiCrats candidates or current office-holders will bend this equation.

    Also, this is analogous to the health care crisis and now neither party will address the root of the problem, they are both beholden to BigHealthCare.

    I’ve got an excellent health care plan through BCBS, but recognize that there is a literal crisis that has arrived in the U.S., whereby a massive % of the population has a) extremely poor/limited health care insurance b) no health care insurance, despite working full-time or greater (i.e. more than one or even two jobs), c) health care insurance in name only (i.e. professionals or skilled workers who have co-premiums and deductibles that average $6,500 per person, or $12,000-$14,000 for a family of 3-4, whereby they receive $0 reimbursement until $ in excess of those amounts are expended out of pocket in any given calendar year, or d) people go naked.

    The health care crisis, brought about by both Republicans and Democrats, funded by BigHealthInsurance/BigPharma/BigHospitalConglomerates is only going to get far worse, at an accelerating pace, for the foreseeable future, with candidates like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton representing the two “different” parties.

    I say this as believer in both free markets and market failure; health care in the U.S. is one of the largest examples of market failure and how politics and the economy is rigged against everyone not in arguably the top 10% in history (I’m in a good place economically – in a very lofty economic bracket on a relative basis – and even our plan requires approx $7,000 spent out of pocket annually (co-premiums plus deductibles) before $1 of reimbursements kick in for calendar year 2018, which is thankfully not a problem for us.)

    p.s. – You won’t hear a peep about this from the bobbly heads chattering away on the useless MSM Channels, whether Faux News or ClintonNewsNetwork.

    • 0 avatar
      TrailerTrash

      You don’t know what you are talking about.
      This is not an industry cause castrotrofy.
      There were no such expenses for medicine even 20 years ago even considering advances in medicine.

      Regulation and policy have caused this.

      Thee were policy changes made by the government that allowed uninsured to get treatment without any questioning as to ability to pay or having insurance.
      And forcing others to pay for lifestyle health effects in nothing more than insanity.
      Same as if everybody was allowed to get car insurance without any records being relevant.

      Kinda important to know where to throw your darts at.

      And employing empathy as reasoning is THE WORST way to make policy.

    • 0 avatar
      87 Morgan

      DW, their is an article posted on the Atlantic titled the New American Aristocracy. It goes through the math of the top 9.9%, which you reference (top 10% close enough). You are correct in your comments regarding healthcare. If you have not read it, it is a good read that does not get into the weeds regarding politics, just facts.

      I still disagree with you regarding GM, I like my GM stuff and they all work as advertised :)

      • 0 avatar
        TrailerTrash

        Sorry, but he is not correct about the healthcare situation being a “The health care crisis, brought about by both Republicans and Democrats”
        or even “health care in the U.S. is one of the largest examples of market failure”

        It was never a conservative action no was it anywhere NEAR something Free Market! To say so is not to understand what free market even means.
        Or government policy.

        Please, this is utter nonsense and shows reasoning resulting from the lack of reading, lack of research or of slanted education from the media.
        It is based upon the policies of empathy and not reason.

        When you are NOT allowed to have an input or control into Your cost because of YOUR self choosing lifestyle yet must pay for the coverage of ALL, regardless of their choices, this is madness…and not free market.

  • avatar
    gasser

    +1
    Healthcare is a national disgrace.
    Policies with deductibles of $6500 per person are tragic jokes played upon workers.
    I have practiced medicine for 42 years. I have seen parents bringing kids to the emergency room wherein the bill should have been a few hundred dollars, yet the ER charges them $3000 and the poor parents don’t have a single penny’s worth of coverage. Patients ask us to “waive the deductible” of doctors’ fees which would, in effect, be the entire fee.
    In reality these “insured” cases become part of our individual physician’s charity care.
    However, as more of us are forced to become employees of health care conglomerates, we no longer have a voice in discounts or write-offs, and so the big health care organizations sent these unfortunates to collection and bankruptcy. The insurance carriers, however, are just fine with massive deductibles, having made that deal with Obamacare to preserve their obscene profits.

    • 0 avatar
      Mandalorian

      How many conditions would be prevented with a healthy lifestyle? Americans by in large make terrible lifestyle choices and the healthcare system is a direct consequence.

      • 0 avatar
        Sub-600

        Growing old isn’t a lifestyle choice. “If I eat right and exercise the best that can happen is I will eventually become really sick and die” – Rodney Dangerfield

    • 0 avatar
      TW5

      The margins in the insurance industry are thin. The insurers cause problems because they use the government to force everyone to buy their product, and they lobby the federal government to keep the employer-insurance industry in place (it exists due to tax legislation) because they want to divorce patient from insurance costs.

      The incredible cost is down to the healthcare providers. They know what insurers will pay for. They know how much coverage the average person has in various areas. They know whether or not they can pass the costs of non-payment on to other patients and other policies. They set prices accordingly, and they have built an unaffordable system almost entirely on their own. The system is constantly teetering on the brink of disaster.

      Obamacare isn’t insurance for patients. It’s insurance for healthcare providers, and the only way the insurers were going to participate in the healthcare provider bailout was if the federal government guaranteed their profits and mandated participation in the healthcare provider bailout.

      Providers are the problem. The insurers and governments are merely the enablers. The patients are the suckers.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      gasser,
      We in Australia have universal health cover and we are the second most expensive nation for healthcare per capita, half the US. It costs $6k per year, per capita in Australia.

      If you look look at the US as a whole health is poor with high infant mortality and relatively lower life expectancy.

      I have noticed when the US enters into FTAs the US wants nations to adopt its pharma/health model. Luckily no one adopts the US model.

      What I wrote above can be loosely transferred to the US auto sector. The US is on its own here. Bullying by Trump and his goons will not change the way the world is heading.

      Unfortunately he’s pushing countries towards China.

      • 0 avatar
        crispin001

        For one, Big Al, Oz does not take in masses of destitute migrants that are all entitled by law to healthcare (even if it is the hospital emergency room). Same for people that choose not to buy healthcare.

        Add at least that to the per-capita cost of what you average in Oz.

        And also enlighten us on all the private hospitals and doctors in Oz that do not participate in the national system.

        In addition, I’d recommend laying off the CNN International. We don’t want our trading partners to copy our healthcare system. However, for example, it would be nice for our FTA partners to at least up their national health plans’ drug reimbursements to help out with all the innovation that Americans get stuck paying for (yeah, yeah, pharma advertising should be banned). High healthcare costs are just one example of how the US reduces its international manufacturing competitiveness because most countries (not saying it’s good or bad, do as you like overseas) socialize and control medical costs via single-payer system rationing.

        No one is bullying anyone else. Tariffs should be equalized between countries because for better or worse, the US is just now realizing after 30-plus years that the WTO is completely anti-American, toothless and too slow to act.

        “Pushing countries towards China?” Be my guest! Don’t let the door hit you where the Good Lord split ya….

      • 0 avatar
        Sub-600

        BAFO: Often wrong but never in doubt. Now hop in the Holden and go to Coles and get some shrimp for the barbie.

    • 0 avatar

      30 years ago I always wondered what would happen if every company that offers group health would just say no to the next rate hike? At that time my guess would have been that those companies bought the majority of insurance products. With that big of a block of “consumers” refusing to pay the increase the insurance companies would have no choice (seemingly in my uniformed mind) but to accept the refusal. either that or go belly up. Yeah, I know, it’d never work because it would need 100% participation in the refusal. The ACA does not make healthcare affordable. Allowing for pre-existings makes the costs high in our current system. Over simplified – yes! Totally wrong – no! Add to it the cost of malpractice insurance and doctor’s have a tough time providing more truly affordable healthcare. Gasser could address this with more authority I’m sure. A surgeon friend of mine said his malpractice insurance costs were a very large part of his expense to provide care. Not car related. Never mind.

      • 0 avatar
        TW5

        @ THX1136

        Companies never refused to pay the premium hikes for a couple of reasons.

        First, the tax regulations compel them not to fight the premium increases, as long as employees are oblivious. The tax code exempts health insurance premiums provided by your employer from taxation so it’s actually in your best interest for your employer to convert your healthcare spending into health insurance premiums. If John Doe is spending $2,000 on checkups, prescription drugs, etc; it’s in his best interest to pay these expenses with pre-tax dollars. Therefore, insurance began covering these expenses or offering rock bottom copays.

        Second, the employer could always dodge higher premiums by raising the deductibles slightly, which has been the trend over time. The employer would usually quell the rage of their employees by offering flexible spending accounts or health savings accounts and making some sort of nominal contribution, know that the programs would be symbolic, since few people would participate.

        So consider the trend over time. Insurance started covering things people were once able to pay for out of pocket. At the same time, deductibles continued to rise and lifetime caps continued to fall, which meant insurance stopped covering the unexpected bills people could rarely afford.

        The regulations have corrupted the entire concept and function of health insurance, and the healthcare providers have been taking advantage every step of the way, knowing that the insurance company would always pay them, and the 5-figure-deductible was the patient’s problem.

  • avatar
    TW5

    US built cars matter to me, but my bottom line is nothing assembled in China or with high Chinese content. I’m not subsidizing the brokedown palace that is US trade policy with China.

  • avatar
    "scarey"

    Health care is not the same as health insurance. – said no Insurance Company, ever. Health care, however desirable, is NOT a right. To say it is a right is to say that someone else must pay for it if you cannot. That is THEFT.

    • 0 avatar
      "scarey"

      And open borders means that American taxpayers must pay the medical bills of EVERY Mexican citizen. That kind of thinking is OVER.
      P.S.- The mother of the child pictured on the cover of Time mag was deported in 2013. Guess who was (P)resident in 2013 ?

      • 0 avatar
        Shortest Circuit

        These hooded youth don’t look like the TIMES cover either…
        https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/20/nyregion/children-separated-border-new-york.html

    • 0 avatar
      87 Morgan

      Their is a difference in being human and a human being.

      Steve Jobs

      Remember your words as one day you might very well be on the other side of the equation and could use a hand (health are wise) and suddenly you might think differently.

    • 0 avatar
      ect

      “To say it is a right is to say that someone else must pay for it if you cannot”. Well, not exactly. It says that everybody pays in, one way or another, and everybody can access the service when they need to.

      This is exactly the model used for public education, which has been very successful – since the 1870s, there has been a direct correlation between economic growth in the US and increased educational attainment.

      Consider also how the cost of US health care creates an economic disadvantage for the US. Every other developed country has universal healthcare (there are a number of different models for this, btw. The per capita cost of health care in other developed countries is in the range of 40-70% of what the US pays to cover much less than all of its people.

      As if this weren’t bad enough, US healthcare outcomes are significantly worse than in other developed countries. Infant mortality is much higher (50-100% higher, the last time I looked), death rates from disease are higher in both sexes and all age groups, and US life expectancy is 2-5 years lower than in other developed countries.

      In business, this degree of competitive disadvantage would be treated as a crisis. In the US, right-wing blowhards shout out meaningless slogans while Big Pharma and Big Medicine quietly buy or rent politicians. Sad.

  • avatar
    Tele Vision

    It was a bit before my time but this smacks a little of the Japanese car industry antipathy of yore. I remember my Dad pointing out a wee car improbably called a CVCC Civic from the driver’s seat of our Ford LTD Land Yacht. Having grown up in Ireland – a place lousy with small cars – he thought it was brilliant. And as an oil executive during the 1970’s he knew it would sell “like hotcakes”. And it did. I’m sure that no one will remember this post when the Chinese do just what the Japanese did fifty years ago for/to the North American market, though it will likely be with electric cars this time. Damnit.

  • avatar
    addm

    I thought Tesla vehicles would be high on this index.

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Posky

      They are. Most breakdowns put them far above average. Kogod’s index had the Model S and X ranked at 14th overall last year. Both models have a very high domestic content rating of around 75 percent too.

  • avatar
    mcs

    They left one car off the list that should have been there:

    https://www.littletikes.com/item/612060/cozy-coupe-30th-anniversary-edition/1.html

    Surprisingly, still made in the USA.

  • avatar
    KalapanaBlack7G

    Man, just a couple of years ago (for the Sienna and Highlander, just earlier in the current product cycle), Toyota had several Camry-platform cars on the list. Now, gone. Guess Akio’s “shareholders first” strategy started before the sickening conference call.

  • avatar
    probert

    Tesla

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    As we globalise you’ll find components will be sourced from around the world.

    The US having a market designed to support (protect) large vehicle manufacture will have the lead in this area. Small vehicles the US is not competitive at producing, so this stuff will need to be imported.

    So, content is variable, the US will need to import much as its a high cost manufacturer and manufacturing of most car components is not leading edge stuff.

  • avatar
    redapple

    The correction is coming.
    I see a 1929 or 1861 fix coming.
    US may be so crushed that it never comes back.
    $12 trillion Quantitative easing.
    $21 Trillion debt (1/2 racked up under osama)

    You probably dont come back from that.

    1/3 of our MFG base offshored to our enemies in that last 20 years. (manufacturing > Creates Wealth.)

    Your kids better speak china talk. I ll be checked out by then. Enjoy what YOU have created.

    America haters stoke up the party. Wait for china domination. Too bad we wont be able to pay for your defense and/or fight your war.

    • 0 avatar
      cicero1

      US has a lot of problems, yes. We are just starting to get on the right path again. But China is not all its hyped up to be. Its also trillions in debt, with one layer of government owing billions to another, etc., ghost cities, horribly inefficient state subsidized companies, the one child policy means it will shortly have a very old population, corruption is epic, and etc.

  • avatar
    JohnTaurus

    What? No Tundra or Camry? Shocking.

    Almost as shocking as dw using this as an excuse for ranting and b¡tching.

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Posky

      Camry ranked extremely high on a lot of other indexes. Maybe Cars.com has been keeping closer tabs on Georgetown’s production and the Toyota home office. I thought they would be done importing from Japan by now though.

    • 0 avatar
      crispin001

      Slightly off topic, but…

      I never understood DW but I think he’s hilarious….I love GM but after many years of being let down, I can at least now look at the company rationally (recovering fanboi, but looking for a USA VIN, used Impala).

      It and Ford were once the iconic symbols of American commercial and manufacturing dominance. Now Apple alone is more valuable than they ever were (even adjusting for inflation, I think?). Go figure.

      Despite DW’s best efforts I’ve never owned another brand besides GM. I’ll buy a Lexus at least once before I die and don’t discourage family members from buying Toyotas anymore.

      GM couldn’t manufacture its way out of a wet paper bag once gas prices started rising. They had the most plants and UAW employees to dump and were desperate to get their supply base out of in-house plants and off their income statement and balance sheet.

      Part of the reason GM makes trucks in Mexico was to get out of UAW plants…..and now the new Blazer. Humph.

      They also had the most to lose by maintaining vertical integration. Now they are once again economically viable (partly by dumping their captive suppliers — Delphi, etc.), but a slave to China.

      The RMB is not convertible to good old greenbacks, so guess how GM creates shareholder value? They ship over Chinese-made components, and although in its nascence, fully assembled cars.

      Maybe time to ask China to make the RMB fully convertible for US companies? At least then they would be able to take their profits out of China in cash instead of Chinese parts/sub-assemblies for their ex-China production……

  • avatar
    conundrum

    To get back to the point, free of utter BS right wing horse manure who, on the one hand figure the world owes them a living but who cannot sanction having universal healthcare for their own countrymen, who believes this cars.com list?

    Does cars.com have the resources to properly analyze US content? Did Toyota suddenly change the way it makes the Camry?

    And yet this outfit’s results are regarded as definitive for some reason. Who are they and why should anyone trust the results?

    • 0 avatar
      SC5door

      Domestic part content.

      Toyota may very well have changed suppliers for particular components.

      Example being the Taurus and Explorer (built in the same plant) that use sedan or SUV specific components that come from different suppliers.

  • avatar
    Steve From Japan

    “Fortunately, no matter how many studies we’ve examined, there is a commonality between them and a lot of the same models showing up.”

    Not, really. The top ten models in the Kogod School of Business’ American Made Index does not contain a single Japanese brand – they are in fact all American brands.

    I personally think the Kogod ranking is much more accurate, since factors like where a company is headquartered, does its Research and Development, has the bulk of its high paying jobs (management, administration, engineering and design, etc.), and pays most of its corporate taxes are extremely important. Anyone who doubts this should compare the economy of Detroit/Michigan with that of Toyota City in Aichi prefecture in Japan. Whereas Detroit/Michigan has been stuck in terminal decline, Toyota City/Aichi where Toyota has its HQ has been flourishing and thriving.


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