Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Toyota Camry: Now as American as Apple Pie

Toyota Camry Most American Vehicle Cars.com 2012

If someone approached you and asked you to describe America in three words or less, on the spot, how would you respond? The first things that pop into our minds are usually pretty typical- the American flag, the bald eagle, freedom, the Statue of Liberty, fireworks, and so on.

Now, if you're a car person, perhaps you would have said something like the Ford F-150. After all, Ford trucks are synonymous with representing America! So would it surprise you to learn that the Toyota Camry has overtaken Ford's reign as the "most American vehicle"? 

While it may initially sound strange, it is plausible, and Toyota has the evidence to back up their claim! A 2012 index by Cars.com reveals that the Camry has beaten the Ford F-150 in terms of sales and number of vehicles manufactured here in the good 'ole U.S. of A. Even more amazing, the Camry has retained the number one spot for four years now! It's no surprise either- Toyota has been aggressively pushing to send production of its vehicles overseas ever since the value of the Yen started outperforming the dollar. With the news of the Camry holding onto the top spot (which is manufactured in Georgetown, KY), it really is starting to show.

I glanced over the stipulations for the Cars.com list and they're pretty balanced as far as how a car can be eligible. They take into consideration where the vehicle is manufactured and where the parts come from. In order to make the list, at least 75% of the parts must be built here. 

Here is the "American Made" list for 2012:

1. Toyota Camry
2. Ford F-150
3. Honda Accord
4. Toyota Sienna
5. Honda Pilot
6. Chevrolet Traverse
7. Toyota Tundra
8. Jeep Liberty
9. GMC Acadia
10. Buick Enclave

How do you feel about foreign car makers producing their vehicles in America? Do you think some people still have a stigma about purchasing anything "American" that doesn't come from Detroit? Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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