If you looked up the definition of “Made in America” in the dictionary, you might think you’d find a picture of a Chevrolet Corvette.
After all, how much more American of a car is there than the ‘Vette?
In this case, the facts would back you up.
According to research by Consumer Reports, the Corvette tied for first place in their listing of the top ten 2015 models with the most American parts.
Seventy-five percent of the Stingray’s parts are American-made, same as four other GM products – the Buick Enclave, Cadillac CTS coupe (though this must be a mistake by Consumer Reports, since Caddy stopped making the coupe in 2014), Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia.
Interestingly, three Japanese cars also tied for the top spot with those GM products – the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Camry and Sienna. Tied for ninth on the list were the Dodge Viper and Jeep Cherokee at 71 percent.
Of course, in the world economy, no man is an island, so to speak. For example, some would probably be shocked to find out that some Chevy Silverados are assembled in Mexico while others are put together in Indiana and Michigan. On the other hand, the Toyota Tundra is built solely in Texas.
“You’re never going to get a car made 100 percent in one country anymore,” Eric Fedewa, a supply-chain expert, told Consumer Reports. “What you’ll typically see instead is larger components made near the point of sale, to save shipping costs, while small components like electric motors and actuators will be brought in from anywhere.”
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