Here's What It Takes to Be American Made

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

What does it mean for a car to be American made?

We chat with Patrick Masterson from about the company's 2024 American Made Index, digging deep into the data and the methodology used to compile the report. It's an educational look into how cars are built in this complex, globalized world.

TTAC contributor Matthew Guy and discuss why you need a ratcheting wrench and which ones to buy, and then we go over the wet-weather madness that NASCAR experienced in New Hampshire, and we also discuss some off-track stories, such as Kyle Busch running his mouth about his future.

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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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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Jun 28, 2024
    You think I am stupid enough to comment without listening to the podcast first? First, I will listen to the podcast in its entirety -- that is how stupid I am.
    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Jun 28, 2024
      Gotta work on that passive aggressiveness. Did it come up in performance reviews?
  • Akear Akear on Jun 29, 2024
    Lets be honest the US manufacturing economy is becoming a nightmare. I hear John Deer is moving more manufacturing to Mexico. "When does a dream become a nightmare" - Alice Cooper 75
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    • El scotto El scotto on Jul 01, 2024
      Sir, lots of MBAs in the 1980 said "We'll outsource to China and make so much money!" 2020 the MBAs said "What do you mean China is welding factory workers into their apartments? We need cheap stuff in containers coming off boats!" "Oh wait! the Mexicans can DRIVE a container of cheap stuff to the US border!" "Oh snap, this will take five to ten years to completely insource and take some cash. It's OK we have a trade deal!" "When do I get my management bonus?" Oh, don't forget our polite neighbors to the North, they do some great high-skilled value added work.
  • Rover Sig Absolutely not. Ever.
  • EBFlex No. I buy as little Chinese products as possible.
  • John "...often in a state of complete disarray on the roads" What does that mean? Many examples in poor repair? Talk about awful writing.
  • Varezhka Saving sedans in US or globally? Right now around half of the global sedan sales is in China, just under a quarter in North America, and the remaining quarter distributed around the rest of the world. So for a sedan to stay around they must sell well in both China and North America (BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Honda) or just extremely well in China (VW/Audi and Nissan). For everyone else, the writing is on the wall. There’s also a niche of subcompact sedans in SE Asia and India but I believe those are being replaced by SUVs too.
  • Kcflyer it's not a ford, it's not a mustang. just like the ford gt is not a ford but multimatic gt or mustang wouldn't roll off the tongue