The US auto market continues to struggle with a microchip shortage that is reducing vehicle inventories. The total number of vehicles sold in the first quarter of 2022 decreased by more than 12% compared to the first quarter of 2021 – from nearly 4 million cars sold to less than 3.5 million.
To determine the 25 best-selling American cars, Wall St. 24/7 reviewed the sales data from the vehicle data site GoodCarBadCar† reOnly models made by US companies were considered. Vehicles were ranked by total unit sales for the first three months of 2022.
Obviously, cars from the Big Three auto companies — Ford, General Motors and Stellantis (formerly Chrysler) — dominate the list. General Motors has the most models with 10, seven of which are Chevrolet. Ford has seven models on the list, and Stellantis six. A relative newcomer, electric car maker Tesla, also made the list with two models. These two EVs have quickly become one of the most popular vehicles in the US, both in the top three. And this is the best city for electric cars†
Of course, vehicles from US automakers are not necessarily made in the US. For example, several of the vehicles on the list include: made in Canada† In addition to these blurry lines is the fact that auto parts are made all over the world, and even if a car is assembled abroad, it often contains a percentage of US-made components, and vice versa. Here is a list of the most American-made cars you can buy†
Also, many car companies are multinational entities. Chrysler, for example, is located in Auburn Hill, Michiganbut is itself a subsidiary of Stellantis, an Italian-American conglomerate formed in 2021 after the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the French PSA Group. Stellantis has its headquarters in Amsterdam.
In general, American brands of large SUVs and pickup trucks are more likely to be the “most American” vehicles on the market, as the profit margins on these vehicles are considered broad enough by automakers to avoid outsourcing production to low-cost plants outside the US. USA And almost all the cars on this list are SUVs or larger vehicles.
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