June 25th, 2010
01:48 AM GMT
(CNN) – People in the U.S. used to rail against imported cars that are “run on rice” (read: from Japan). Now it turns out the most corn-fed cars are from two Japanese automakers: Toyota and Honda.
Cars.com in Chicago released its annual ranking of vehicles deemed most “American” based on American production, percentage of domestic parts used and American sales volume. Half of the top 10 cars are made by the Japanese automakers.
Since the 1980s Japanese automakers have cultivated production facilities within the United States to be both closer to delivery in its largest market and undercut the anti-Japanese angst that rose with the country’s global stature and competitiveness in the world markets.
The ranking comes on the heels of Toyota’s announcement that European and North American operations will be run by European and North American managers to improve cross-country communications in the wake of the wave of recalls earlier this year.
Here’s how the most “Made in America” cars stack up, according to Cars.com.
Rank Make/Model U.S. Assembly Location
1. Toyota Camry; Georgetown, Ky.; Lafayette, Ind.
2. Honda Accord: Marysville, Ohio; Lincoln, Ala.
3. Ford Escape; Kansas City, Kan.
4. Ford Focus; Wayne, Mich.
5. Chevrolet Malibu; Kansas City, Kan.
6. Honda Odyssey Lincoln, Ala.
7. Dodge Ram 1500; Warren, Mich.
8. Toyota Tundra; San Antonio
9. Jeep Wrangler; Toledo, Ohio
10. Toyota Sienna; Princeton, Ind.
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