Ford (IW 500/6) eked out a win in the road race to produce the “Most American” vehicle.
With its F-150 model, the Michigan automobile maker secured the No. 1 spot in Cars.com’s annual American-Made Index, knocking Toyota’s Camry out of first place for the first time in four years.
Vehicles are ranked based on: domestic-parts content; final vehicle assembly point; and vehicle sales.
“Ford’s top ranking this year is a good indicator of how pickup trucks are dominating auto sales so far in 2013, and how the domestic automakers are bouncing back,” said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com’s editor-in-chief.
“While the assembly point and domestic parts content of the F-150 didn’t change from 2012-2013, vehicle sales are responsible for bumping the F-150 to the top spot.”
Despite its fall from the spotlight, Toyota (IW 1000/8) still dominated the top 10 list with four vehicles represented: the Camry, Sienna, Tundra and Avalon.