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2021 Ford Mustang Is Second Most American Vehicle In The World

As Ford Authority reported exactly one year ago, the Ford Ranger topped’s long-running American-Made Index for 2020. As many shoppers continue to seek out American-made products, an increasingly difficult task these days, it’s nice to know which vehicles are made in the U.S. and with American-made components. Now,’s 2021 American-Made Index has just been released, and things have changed considerably, though the 2021 Ford Mustang is the second most American vehicle in the world.

This year’s study consists of 90 vehicles, which are ranked based on five criteria – the location of final assembly, percentage of U.S. and Canadian parts, country of origin for available engines, country of origin for available transmissions, and the number of U.S. manufacturing employees relative to the automaker’s footprint.

This year, the Ranger was dethroned by the Tesla Model 3, which is built in Freemont, California. However, the Ford Mustang jumped a whopping 32 spots from last year’s finish to come in second, thanks to the fact that the majority of its parts content comes from the U.S. and Canada, including its available engine and transmission choices. Of course, the Mustang is also produced at the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan.

Unfortunately, the Ranger plummeted from its pole position as the most American vehicle in the world last year all the way down to 28th place this year. The Ranger is produced at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant, alongside the Ford Bronco, along with various other plants around the world, as Ford’s mid-size pickup is a truly global product. doesn’t reveal its methodology behind these rankings, so it’s hard to say exactly what caused the Ranger to slide so far. Regardless, a number of other Blue Oval models made the cut this year, including the Ford Expedition (11), Lincoln Navigator (20), Lincoln Aviator (21), Ford F-150 (29), Ford Explorer (44), Ford Escape (62), and Lincoln Corsair (64).

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Ford Owner

    Remember that Canada and Mexico are also American nations, so any Ford vehicle or parts from those nation are also American. This includes the Mustang Mach-E.

    1. Jason

      Bruh that’s like saying Austria = Germany or Cuba = Mexico. America is a country, The Americas is a continent.

  2. royl

    It is no wonder that the ranger fell, as it is put together with foreign parts, most, if not all the engines are coming from mexico, this should not be considered an American made vehicle, but, at best, an American assembled vehicle. Americans know how to build engines, and damn good ones. If ford really wants to sell a large number of Rangers, put a V6 (one made in the USA) in the little truck, and not just available in some kind of gold plated super-duper configuration, but available in all trim levels. BANG, I believe sales would be hard to keep up with.

  3. Nicholas Gurr

    I thought it would be the TRX, the Raptor or the Bronco at #1. All of these cars are the embodiment of American and are turning the worldwide perception of cars and trucks on their head (the only foreign parts on either of them are the Bilstein shocks, and the Raptor doesn’t even have those)


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