QOTD: Does Automotive Patriotism Mean Anything to You?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Yesterday we showed you that for the 23rd year in a row, Jeep stands atop a list of patriotic brands, both automotive and not.

Some of you pointed out in the comments, as Automotive News did in their article, that Jeep is owned by Stellantis, a European company. Some of you also pointed out that Jeep, like many automakers, uses a mix of parts provided by suppliers from different parts of the world.

Still, some buyers probably do want to purchase vehicles that have as much U.S. and Canadian content as possible. Cars.com even publishes an American-made index for this reason.

My question to you all is this -- does it matter? Do you care if a brand like Jeep or Ford is on a list of "most patriotic" brands? Do you dig through the American-made index to see how "American made" a car you're considering purchasing really is?

Does it matter if the first digit in a VIN is a "1", since that means your vehicle was built in the U.S.?

Or do you not care? I assume most of our readers at least know where there car was assembled, but knowing and caring are two different things.

What say you?

Sound off below.

[Image: Jeep]

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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 Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. 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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  • Charles Charles on Jun 16, 2024
    The UAW makes me the opposite of patriotic
  • V8fairy V8fairy on Jun 18, 2024
    I'm not in America and live in a country that doesnt make cars, so no. Only requirement for me is Not Made In China
  • 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
  • Kcflyer it's simple , most are too stupid to find china on a map , much less understand the evil of communism. which is, i guess, better then openly pushing to embrace communism/socialism......cough...dnc....cough