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Monday, June 27th, 2011

With the new 2012 Camry debut just around the corner, the most American car on American roads today is the Toyota Camry. According to a new ranking by, Toyota Camry, for the third straight year, a product of Japan’s largest automaker, is the Most American Car.

All American Camry

All American Camry

The annual American-Made Index by ranks the most-American vehicles based on percentage of their parts that are made domestically, where they are assembled and how many are sold to U.S. buyers.

Camry is made with 80% of the parts content coming from the USA. Most Camry models are made in Georgetown, Ky., and Lafayette, Ind.

Interestingly enough, the Ford Explorer, made in a Chicago factory, is on the top ten list with a higher percentage of domestic parts than Camry. But it doesn’t sell in as great a numbers as Camry, so it probably results in fewer American factory jobs.

In today’s global economy, it’s not easy to determine just how American a car is, stated a spokesperson for The fact is most cars built in the U.S., for example, are assembled using some parts that come from somewhere else. Also many U.S. automakers assemble vehicles in Canada and Mexico, while foreign automakers have plants in the U.S. 

Besides Camry, Toyota also has the Tundra (No. 9) and the Sienna (No. 6) on the top ten list. GM also has three vehicles on the list, the first time since 2009. In addition to Chevy Malibu, they are Chevy Traverse {No. 8} and the GMC Acadia (No. 10). Honda got two spots in the top 10, while Ford and Chrysler each held one.

Despite the disaster in Japan, stated it’s not a surprise to see the Camry in the No. 1 position again. Toyota Camry remains an incredibly popular vehicle. The high total sales numbers that Camry has results in a higher number of U.S. factory workers and a larger number of U.S. suppliers – all of which are good for America, good for Toyota, and contribute to Toyota’s ranking. The index is another resource that car buyers can use to help guide their purchase decision.