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Louisville FordWorkers assemble a Ford truck at the new Louisville Ford truck plant in LouisvilleReuters/Bryan Woolston

  • released their annual list of 10 most American-made cars for 2018.
  • Ford and Honda cars earned the most slots in the ranking, but Chevrolet, Acura, and Jeep also make an appearance.
  • Auto plants in Ohio, Kentucky, and Illinois were responsible for the production of these cars. 
  • The website compiled its list based on five factors: assembly location, amount of domestic-made parts, US factory employment, engine sourcing, and transmission sourcing.

With President Donald Trump’s threat to increase auto tariffs in the news lately, many Americans are paying attention to where and how cars are made. Just because a car is made in an American factory, that doesn’t necessarily mean all the parts that have gone into the car were domestically manufactured. In fact, many car parts for US-produced cars are imported, a process that complicates the goals of the Trump administration’s tariff policy.  

In June, released its annual American-Made Index: a ranking of the 10 most American cars for 2018. The list features iconic domestic brands like Ford and Chevrolet, but Japan’s Honda Motor Company also has cars featured in four of the 10 spots.

That’s because of the way defines American-made — the site’s list takes into account which cars are manufactured in America, which cars use the most American parts and materials, and which cars support the greatest number of American jobs. The final ranking is based on five factors: assembly location, domestic-parts content, US factory employment, engine sourcing, and transmission sourcing.

After analyzing more than 100 US-built vehicles, here are the top 10 most American-made cars, according to Here’s a closer look at the vehicles, as well as the factories and workers who make them. 

5. Chevrolet Volt (Detroit-Hamtramck, MI)

5. Chevrolet Volt (Detroit-Hamtramck, MI)


With increased public attention on renewable energy and fossil-fuel emissions, it’s no surprise that a plug-in hybrid made this list. The Chevrolet Volt has won multiple awards including the Green Car of the Year award in 2009, 2011, and 2016, and the North American Car of the Year in 2011. 

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