General Motors King Of Made In America Car Rankings

If you're in the market for the most Made In America auto brand, look no further than Detroit -- specifically -- good old General Motors. The carmaker recently ranked at the top of a list of 253 cars, trucks and SUVs sold in the United States by the extent to which they are manufactured here.

American University's Kogod School of Business gave an 88.5 out of 100 to three GM vehicle models -- GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave and Chevy Traverse -- for their Made in America content, according to a recent Los Angeles Times story.

The popular brands, which have given GM a boost in sales in recent years, eclipsed the ever-popular Chevy Corvette and the Ford Mustang. Among foreign automakers, Toyota surpassed Honda in the "Made in America" rankings -- its Avalon luxury sedan getting an 81, one point better than the Ford Taurus.

Frank DuBois, the study's author and grease monkey in his off hours, has been following the evolution of car-parts manufacturing since he was a teenager looking over his father's shoulder while he fixed the Dubois family's cars.

As a result, he's not too terribly blown away that no car model on the U.S. market seems to be made solely here.

Added DuBois to the L.A. Times: "When was the last fully American car made in the U.S., with zero Canadian or Mexican content? I really don't know ... I think you would have to go pretty back far in years to find that."

Guess the auto industry bailout wasn't a complete waste of taxpayer money.

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