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Toyota Camry “Most American Car,” Says New Study

June 27, 2011

CHICAGO — Cars.com announced that the Toyota Camry ranked No. 1 in the site's annual American Made Index for the third consecutive year. The Camry, which is assembled in Georgetown, Ky., and Lafayette, Ind., is followed by the Honda Accord and the Chevy Malibu, which rank No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

The online car shopping site’s annual American-Made Index ranks the most-American vehicles based on percentage of their parts that are made domestically, where they are assembled and how many are sold to U.S. buyers.

"In today's global economy, there's not an easy way to determine just how American a car is," said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com editor-in-chief. "Most cars built in the US, for example, are assembled using at least some parts that come from somewhere else. Additionally, many U.S. automakers assemble vehicles in Canada and Mexico, while foreign automakers have opened plants on U.S. soil."

In addition to holding the No. 1 rank, The Toyota Sienna and Tundra also made the list at No. 6 and 9, respectively. General Motors had three cars on the list, including the Chevy Malibu (No. 3), the Chevy Traverse (No. 8) and the GMC Acadia (No. 10). Honda held two spots in the top 10 while Ford and Chrysler each held one.

"Despite the disaster in Japan, and General Motors usurping Toyota as the world's largest automaker, we're not surprised to see the Camry in the number one position again," Olsen said. "The Camry remains an incredibly popular vehicle, and higher total sales require a higher number of U.S. factory workers and a larger number of U.S. suppliers  all of which contribute to Toyota's ranking."

The Ford Explorer made its debut on the list this year at No. 4.  Chrysler, which had two models in the 2010 list, also is back this year with the Ohio-built Jeep Wrangler.

For more information about the American-Made Index, visit Cars.com.

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