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Tesla achieves top 2 in 2022 Cars.com American-Made Index

Tesla achieves top 2 in 2022 Cars.com American-Made Index

Every year, Cars.com dives deep into the domestic auto industry to determine which US-produced cars are the “most American.” It’s not about which cars sing the national anthem best, it’s about how these cars are built and where their precursor components come from. And again Tesla takes first place.

Cars.com debuted this week with the US-Made Index 2022, and it’s another year with Tesla at the top of the rankings. The Model Y takes the top spot as the “most American” car produced in the US, after finishing third last year. Just below that is the Tesla Model 3, which took the top spot last year. Tesla’s older vehicles, the Model X and Model S, occupy the fifth and sixth slots, respectively.

The real Cinderella story in this year’s AMI is the Lincoln Corsair, which is manufactured in Louisville, Kentucky. After ranking 64th last year, the Corsair rocketed to third, preventing Tesla from fully occupying the podium. The Honda Passport also helped, finishing fourth this year after coming in ninth in 2021. The next time a Big Three automaker appears on the list, it will be 11th, boasting Bowling Green, Kentucky, the Chevrolet corvette. In fact, the tallest pickup on the AMI is none other than the Honda Ridgeline in eighth place.

Cars.com looks at five primary factors in compiling the AMI. It takes into account not only the location of the final assembly, but also the percentage of North American parts, the countries of origin for engines and transmissions, as well as the production staff. Vehicles may also be banned from participating if they weigh too much (think large vans, heavy pickups, and the like), if automakers limit sales volume to less than 1,000 units per year, and if models are set for immediate discontinuation. Vehicles not yet for sale are also not included.