As Ford Authority reported back in June, the Ford Mustang secured the runner-up spot in Cars.com’s 2021 American-Made Index out of a whopping 90 vehicles, thanks to the fact that it’s built in America at the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant and features a large percentage of American-made parts. Now, the six-speed manual transmission-equipped 2021 Ford Mustang GT has followed up that distinction by securing the top spot in the Kogod School of Business’ 2021 Made in America Auto Index.
The Mustang GT earned that position thanks to its 88.5 percent domestic content rating, which helped it take over first place from last year’s front runner, the Ford Ranger. Ford’s V8-powered pony car beat out the Chevrolet Corvette, Tesla Model 3, Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon, Tesla Model Y, Tesla Model S, Jeep Cherokee, Chevrolet Camaro, Ford F-150, Tesla Model X, Honda Ridgeline/Odyssey/ Pilot/Passport, and Ram 1500, which shares the tenth spot with the Mustang GT equipped with Ford’s 10-speed automatic and the Mustang EcoBoost.
The Made in America Auto Index takes a broad number of factors into account when determining each’s total domestic content (TDC) score. That includes the location of final assembly, engine and transmission source, location of the automaker’s headquarters, profit, labor, research and development facilities, interior, body, and electrical components, and inventory and capital.
The 2021 Ford Mustang GT with the six-speed manual transmission gets 77 percent of its content from the U.S., and with all other factors calculated in, arrives at its 88.5 percent TDC score. That was good enough the narrowly edge out the Corvette, which finished with a score of 86, while the Model 3 came in third (fittingly) with a score of 82.5. As for the Ranger, it dropped from first to 16th place year-over-year as its U.S.-based content dropped from 70 percent to 45 percent.