Wednesday, 23 October 2013

US-made vehicles prospects

US has come to rely on China and other emerging economies for labor and supplies, as these countries can produce the volume of components that the American market demands at a price that keeps the end product in a range to be affordable. However, there has been a resurgence in demand for American-made goods, as the foreign-made strategy has turned into a crutch for US-based manufacturers. With the real-world effects sinking in, the outflow of jobs, the drain on the national economy, buyers are becoming increasingly aware of where the products they buy are sourced from. There is no exception to this when it comes to automobiles, as automakers both foreign and domestic have been investing heavily in the American workforce and supply chain. Here are the leading vehicles which sport the highest percentage of Canadian and US-sourced parts for 2014. The list is ranked by product category:-

Luxury Car: Acura RDX

When it comes to luxury, several cars converge at the same point. The Ford MKT, the Cadillac CTS and the Acura RDX are all constructed of 70 percent North American-made components; final assembly for the MKT, is in Canada, while the Acura and Cadillac are both assembled in the US.

Performance Car: Chevrolet Corvette

It would be a shame if such an icon of American motoring was primarily built from foreign parts and assembled elsewhere. But fortunately, General Motors made the right decision and built the Corvette with 75 percent of its parts hailing from North America; final assembly and engine assembly are done in the US, again with a Mexican transmission.

Minivan: Honda Odyssey

Not only is the Honda Odyssey one of the best choices for buyers in the minivan segment, with 75 percent of its parts coming from North America. The entire Honda minivan is assembled on American soil, down to the engine; the transmission is sourced from Mexico.

Sedan: Toyota Camry

America’s best-selling midsize sedan is also one of the most North American-made sedans, as well. Toyota gets 75 percent of its parts from America or Canada (another 20 percent are from Japan), while the final assembly is done in the US, with an American engine and a Japanese transmission.

Pickup Truck: Toyota Tundra

The Toyota Tundra has never enjoyed the same kind of success that its domestic rivals take advantage of, despite the Tundra being made of more American parts. Like the Camry, the Tundra uses three-quarters of its parts from the States or Canada; engine production is split between US and Japan. By comparison, the Silverado is made up of just 40 percent North American-sourced parts. 

Crossover: Chevrolet Equinox/GMC Terrain

With 70 percent of its parts and components coming from North America, the Equinox is one of the most home-derived option. However, the final assembly of the units is split between Canada and the US, as is the construction of the engine and transmission pieces.

 SUV: Buick Enclave

The Buick Enclave derives 72 percent of its components from North America and is assembled in the US with an engine unit from the US, but unlike other GM vehicles, its transmission is also born domestically.

Compact Car: Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla is made up of parts split between North America (60 percent) and Japan (30 percent); final assembly of the car is done in Canada. However, the car’s engines are made in the US; the transmission, like other Toyotas, is from Japan.

Cargo Van: Chevrolet Express/GMC Savanna

Leading the pack is the Chevrolet Express cargo van and its corporate GMC Savanna sibling, which both boast an 80 percent makeup of American parts and components. The General Motors vehicles are built stateside, with an American engine, and like the Honda, they feature a transmission from south of the border.

Hybrid: Ford C-Max

With 40 percent of its parts coming from the US and Canada, the Ford C-Max is far and away the most North American hybrid available; by comparison, the Toyota Prius V gets just 5 percent of its parts from the same locale. Twenty percent of the C-Max’s remaining parts come from Japan; the engine is made in Mexico, while the transmission unit for Ford’s high-efficiency car hails from the US.

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