Ford Motor Company has seen quite a few of its models land on the Kogod School of Business 2022 Made in America Auto Index, which highlights new vehicles that contain the most U.S.-sourced domestic material. Thus far, that list includes the first-place Lincoln Corsair, the mid-size Ford Ranger, Ford F-150 pickup, and automatic transmission Ford Bronco in eighth place, the Ford Mustang (with the 10-speed automatic) and Ford Expedition in the 11th spot, the Ford Explorer crossover and Lincoln Aviator in 15th, the Lincoln Navigator in 16th place, the manual Bronco in 18th, the Mustang GT with a manual gearbox in 22nd place, the Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring plug-in hybrid in 36th, and the Ford F-150 Lightning, which wound up in the 40th spot. Now, we can also add the Lincoln Nautilus to that list, as it came in 59th place out of 100 different models.
The Lincoln Nautilus achieved this ranking thanks in part to the fact that 45 percent of its content comes from either the U.S. or Canada – one of the handful of measurements used in this particular study. 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 automotive 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 that aren’t U.S.-based, those models are given a score of zero in those categories.
For the Lincoln Nautilus, this is especially notable because some of its major components are not produced in the U.S. or Canada, depending on spec. The Ford 2.0L I-4 EcoBoost engine is built at the Valencia Engine plant in Spain, for example, though the Ford 2.7L V6 EcoBoost is produced at the Lima Engine plant in Ohio and the crossover’s eight-speed automatic gearbox comes from the Van Dyke Transmission plant in Michigan.