I’ve love these stories. They shatter people’s manufacturing fetishes and fascination with political borders. Well, at least they should.
Sorry, Mom: The Toyota Avalon Is The Most American Car Made Today : Planet Money : NPR: But what does it mean to buy American? The auto industry has changed profoundly since my grandfather took the train from Thomasville, Ga., to Detroit during World War II. Because of transportation costs and global currency fluctuations, among other things, car makers in the last 30 years have started making cars closer to where they are sold. As a result, the nationality of the car companies can get a little complicated.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration issues a report each year that details the cars that are made in America. The report looks at where the parts, the transmission and the engine come from.
According to the latest report, the most “American car” is the Toyota Avalon, which is built in Georgetown, Ky. Eighty-five percent of that car’s parts are sourced from the U.S and Canada — a higher percentage than for any car made by a U.S.-based manufacturer.