Ford Shows Its American Pride, Part II

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
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ford shows its american pride part ii

Hot on the heels of our post about Ford touting the F-150 as one of the most valuable consumer goods built by an American company comes more patriotic news involving the Blue Oval.

Ford’s other truck, the smaller Ranger, tops vehicles such as the redesigned Chevrolet Corvette C8, the Chevrolet Camaro, and the Dodge Grand Caravan for tops in the American-made index put out by American University’s Kogod School of Business.

The study is published each year, and it takes a variety of factors into account. Those factors include the percentage of American and Canadian parts used, the location of a company’s HQ, and where the profits go.

Each vehicle gets a score based on those factors.

The Ranger scored 85, thanks to the fact that 70 percent of its parts content comes from the U.S. and Canada. Dodge’s Grand Caravan actually has 4 percent more of its parts content sourced from America and Canada, but its score is only 64, since Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is headquartered in Amsterdam and the financial center for the company is in London. Dodge, of course, is still based in southeast Michigan – Auburn Hills, to be precise.

An automatic-trans Camaro scores 83, but cars with clutches drop to 76 points, since the manual transmission is sourced from overseas. The Kentucky-built Corvette ties with corporate teammates the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon for third with scores of 82. The ‘Vette sources 64 percent of its parts from the U.S. or Canada. A quick note on the trucks – the diesel versions score lower.

That F-150? Ninth, if you have the 5.0-liter V8. So maybe today’s earlier news needs to be rethought, hmmm? Another Ford icon (or “Icon”, as the company calls certain vehicles now) is the Mustang, and either cylinder count places it eighth.

Another vehicle synonymous with America is Jeep’s Wrangler, but its scoring varies widely based on engine and transmission combo. The EcoDiesel isn’t scored.

Last-place finishers, all with a score of 1, include the Audi A3, Jaguar F-Type, Porsche 911, and Subaru WRX STI.

When it comes to total domestic content, or TDC, across lineups, the Detroit Three do well, with GM at 70.6 percent, Ford at 67.6 percent, and FCA at 64.1 percent.

[Image: Ford]

Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Deanst Deanst on Sep 19, 2020

    Sadly, it seems like junk science. Corollas made in Japan have the same domestic content as ones made in North America. Lexus vehicles made in North America have 0% domestic content. Junk in, junk out.

    • Pveezy Pveezy on Sep 20, 2020

      How is that junk science? How do you know that they aren’t building Corollas in Japan using the exact same supplier chains as the ones built in the US? In fact, that seems like it would be logical. It is also possible to assemble a Lexus here using mainly imported content.

  • Watersketch Watersketch on Sep 19, 2020

    Stupid measurement when the Windsor, Ontario built Grand Caravan can be one of the highest rated American vehicles. I used to run a vanpool in Detroit and we were in serious trouble for a while when the only American built vans were the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna. That would have been a bad look for the vanpool in Detroit.

  • Theflyersfan Nope. Has nothing to do with Gladiator sales falling off of a cliff and having 5-figure discounts. Or...YTD 2023 compared to last year:Compass +7%Wrangler -14%Gladiator -31%Cherokee -25%Grand Cherokee +6%Renegade -35%Wagoneer -31%Grand Wagoneer: -14%End of 3Q 2023: 490,106 Jeeps soldEnd of 3Q 2022: 541,297 Jeeps sold490K is still a decent number of expensive SUVs sold, especially Grand Cherokees, but it's still a decline. And people want the 4xe models, so that could reverse the trend if they crank more of them out. But let's blame the government for everything. It'll lead a news cycle on any red hat network.
  • VoGhost California is the reason Dodge and Chrysler were starved of new models for the past decade. OK...
  • Random1 I don't know what the "right" price for transit/tolls/driving should be. I'm currently a commuter from Westchester, and it is cheaper for me to commute by car on days my wife is working (she's part-time so 2x/week, I'm 5x/week). Those costs, if you care, are $18/park and a somewhat optional $6.94 toll (pay or spend about 10min to take a free bridge) vs 23.50 round-trip each on Metro-North. That's absurd, either a)transit is too expensive(and we don't need to add subway/bus like many do) or b)driving/parking is too cheap, or c) bothFWIW, the congestion charge means I'll more or less never drive in again, so I guess it'll work?
  • SCE to AUX I'm not understanding the linkage between the old State v Federal domain debate, and layoffs at Stellantis.Stellantis has serious portfolio issues, so I'm inclined to blame layoffs on them.
  • Analoggrotto Meanwhile, we can't build enough Tellurides, Sorentos, Souls and are driving ATPs that only highstreet can get close to.