Each year, the Kogod School of Business releases its Made in America Auto Index, which aims to highlight the new vehicles that contain the most U.S.-sourced domestic material. This year’s recently-released report found that the Lincoln Corsair is actually the “most American” new vehicle on the market, while the Ford Ranger, Ford F-150 (when equipped with certain powerplants), and Ford Bronco weren’t too far behind, as each tied for eighth place, while the Ford Expedition ranked 11th on this particular list. Now, another Blue Oval product has made the cut, too – the Ford Mustang – which tied with the Expedition for 11th place.
The Ford Mustang earned its spot on this list thanks in part to the fact that 50 percent of its content comes from either the U.S. or Canada – one of the measurements for this study. However, it’s worth noting that this rating applies only to base EcoBoost models and those equipped with the Ford 5.0L V8 Coyote and 10-speed automatic transmission. In terms of the rest of the rankings, the Mustang finished behind the Corsair, Tesla Model 3 Long Range, Chevy Corvette, Chevy Colorado, Jeep Cherokee, Tesla Model Y, Dodge Durango, Honda Passport, F-150, Bronco, Tesla Model X, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chevy Camaro, Honda Odyssey, Honda Ridgeline, and Honda Pilot.
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.