Each year, the Kogod School of Business releases its Made in America Auto Index, which aims to discover which new vehicles contain the most U.S.-sourced domestic material. This year’s report found that the Lincoln Corsair is actually the “most American” new vehicle, while the Ford Ranger and Ford F-150 (when equipped with certain powerplants) weren’t too far behind in eighth place. Now, another Blue Oval product has made the cut, too – the Ford Bronco, which also ranked eighth in this year’s Made in America Auto Index.
The Ford Bronco finished eighth – tying with the Ranger and F-150 – thanks in part to the fact that 55 percent of its content comes from either the U.S. or Canada – one of the measurements for this study. In terms of the rest of the rankings, the rugged SUV finished behind the Corsair, Tesla Model 3 Long Range, Chevy Corvette, Chevy Colorado, Jeep Cherokee, Tesla Model Y, Dodge Durango, and Honda Passport, some of which tied for specific positioning.
The Made in America Auto Index uses seven points derived from publicly available data based on research performed by the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan to arrive at these conclusions – profit margin, labor, research and development; inventory, capital, and other expenses; engine, transmission, and body, chassis, and electrical components.
These rankings also take into account the economic value of the different components of auto manufacturing. For example, the highest-ranked cars are made by U.S. based manufacturers that utilize American engines and transmissions, as well as a high percentage of U.S. and Canadian parts. In the case of components like the engine and transmission and the location that the vehicle is assembled, those that aren’t U.S.-based are given a score of 0.