American Car Companies Still Aren’t Making the Most American Cars

The Morning ShiftAll your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn’t your time more important?   Most of the American-made cars sold in the U.S. are Japanese, Tesla is doing great why do you ask, that massive Philly refinery that went supernova may shut down, and much more in The Morning Shift for Wednesday, June…

American Car Companies Still Aren’t Making the Most American Cars

The Morning ShiftAll your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn’t your time more important?   Most of the American-made cars sold in the U.S. are Japanese, Tesla is doing great why do you ask, that massive Philly refinery that went supernova may shut down, and much more in The Morning Shift for Wednesday, June 26, 2019.1st Gear: Japanese Companies Build a Ton of Cars HereAll this tough talk of throwing tariffs on foreign automakers over claims that there isn’t enough investment in American manufacturing is distracting us from the fact that most the of the cars built by Americans for the U.S. market come from Japanese automakers. From Bloomberg:The annual “American-Made Index” compiled by Cars.com found nine of the 15 most U.S.-sourced vehicles are manufactured by Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. The two Japanese automakers dominated the latest study thanks to the big number of popular vehicles they assemble in America and their high content of U.S.-made parts.“It’s not surprising that there’s a lot of vehicles here from Honda,” Kelsey Mays, senior editor of Cars.com, said in an interview. About two-thirds of Honda’s cars are assembled in the U.S., which is more than General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, Mays said. Toyota also sells mostly American-made vehicles in the U.S. market.While Cars.com didn’t provide a breakdown of how it weighted its study parameters, it did focus on many of the issues the Trump administration cites as concerns and justification for threatening increased tariffs on foreign automaker cars and parts. Those factors included: “assembly location, parts sourcing as determined by the American Automobile Labeling Act, factory employment relative to sales and sourcing of engines and transmissions.”If you want to employ Americans with your car purchases, Honda and Toyota are your best bet, even compared to American companies. Here’s the list of the top 10 most American-built cars sold in the U.S., based on the factors listed above:1. Jeep Cherokee in Belvidere, Illinois2. Honda Odyssey in Lincoln, Alabama3. Honda Ridgeline in Lincoln, Alabama4. Honda Passport in Lincoln, Alabama5. Chevrolet Corvette in Bowling Green, Kentucky6. Acura MDX in East Liberty, Ohio7. Honda Pilot in Lincoln, Alabama8. Chevrolet Colorado in Wentzville, Missouri9. GMC Canyon in Wentzville, Missouri10. Acura RDX in East Liberty, Ohio2nd Gear: Musk Promises Record-Setting Vehicle DeliveriesAnother week closer to second quarter results for Tesla, and another “leaked” internal memo from CEO Elon Musk promising things are going fine, just fine.From Bloomberg:“There is a lot of speculation regarding our vehicle deliveries
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