Ford F-150 Tops American-Made Index

2013 Ford F-150 II

The Ford F-150 was awarded another prestigious award, as it took the top spot on's American-Made Index for 2013. The annual ranking rates vehicles by their percentage of domestic parts, final assembly point and sales.

In order to qualify, models must have a domestic parts content of at least 75 percent (as noted on the window sticker of each new vehicle as required by law), have their final assembly inside the U.S. and must be scheduled for production in the coming model year. For more details about the calculations and the complexity of the parameters, click here.

Based on this criteria, here are the top 10 vehicles in order.

1. Ford F-150
2. Toyota Camry
3. Dodge Avenger
4. Honda Odyssey
5. Toyota Sienna
6. Chevrolet Traverse
7. Toyota Tundra
8. GMC Acadia
9. Buick Enclave
10. Toyota Avalon



@ Alex
Maybe you should learn how things really work.
Banks do NOT lend you money when you get a mortgage. They create money out of nothing [go read their charter], and use your promise to repay as collateral. [and then create derivatives off that. That was what the 'bail outs' were about]

So the banks create money out of nothing, the value coming from society, which builds your house. So when you pay off your mortgage, the banks DESTROY the principal, and pocket the interest as pure profit. [again, from money that never existed]
So the mortgage 'contract' is fraudulent, there is no exchange.

So getting a car loan is small fries in comparison.
Via the fraud of fractional reserve banking, the banks loan out multiple copies of people's deposits, at interest.

The American way used to pay for things, in full, when you buy things. Not using 'credit'.

@GeorgeC, as you're an expert in this. Go start a bank! What are you doing wasting time on here? You could be raking it in! I suppose your not out of the goodness of your heart? I understand the mentality you are approaching this from, but the result is the same. The builder had his needs met, I had mine, and the banks and investors had theirs. My point is that it is a win/win/win outcome. I didn't lose anything because the bank makes a profit.

@ GeorgeC - you are correct,. As long as there is "speed" to the circulation of debt/currency the system stays afloat. In some respects the "balloon" analogy works. If one puts minimal gas (actual currency) into a balloon it doesn't inflate much, but once you apply some energy (money exchange, derivatives, interest, transactions etc.) the gases expand and the balloon gets bigger. It is a delicate balance to maintain expansion but eventually it will collapse because it isn't in a state of self sustaining equilibrium. I'm far from being an expert in finance and my analogy is a simple one. I do believe it covers the problem.
Governments at one time would only print money if it was backed by gold. They then started printing money based on other standards of wealth. Banks were allowed to loan money but that was based on a stable amount of actual currency on hand in the bank. That changed to where they would loan money with no actual financial reserve.
The housing market expanded based on false home values therefore equity or the ability to cover a loan was false. Housing prices collapsed along with the ability to pay debt.

@Lou, good explanation and analogy. My point wasn't the process, but rather the fact that we all rely on banks (whether we like it or not).

You know, you guys are leaving out some rather important points. You claim that the banks aren't lending YOU the money and you're right, in a way; however, the SELLER is going to demand that money immediately, not in an annuity or other time-pay method. As such, the bank does need to have enough money on hand to pay the seller--one way or another.

Now, I'll grant that electronic transfer is a great way to move numbers back and forth, but those numbers still need some form of surety that the numbers are legitimate and not just some imaginary figure. In other words, the banks can't just create money out of thin air, they do need something to back up their assets and that tends to be based on things of real value.

My brother spent more on repairs then payments on his pieice or junk as he sys.

@Lou, Vulpine and George C
The problem not only in the US, but globally is we are reliant on borrowing to generate growth.

Look at the increase in the US auto industry, yes it is creating jobs, but it is based on borrowed money. This money is also lent to many who shouldn't be able to borrow.

To do this we need a certain amount of inflation to create 'growth' to offset debt. Even now we have lower inflation, this isn't the best.

Since the GFC most countries want to tighten the regulatory framework for risky lending.

The current growth in the US is based on lending. This increases the value of assets so more can be borrowed.

Governments are locked into this cycle and can't get off. If borrowing was tightened to more responsible levels the global recession would last for many years.

But, in the end this borrowed money is required to be payed back. This situation will provide a slow erosion of living standards.

That's why the Europeans complain that the US has lax lending/investment standards, this gives the US a competitive edge, but riskier.

@Big Al from Oz - true, if one removed borrowed money from the picture, most economies would be seeing stagnant economic growth in the realm of 1% or less.

We are creating 'artificial' demand again that isn't sustainable.

The available 'funds' will dry up, especially when the Fed stop printing money. The Fed is hoping pumping money into the economy will drive up demand.

It has, but it isn't doing a good a job as in the past. Once this period of printed money ends the inflation genie will come out.

This will reduce the populations' purchasing power and another drop in the standard of living will occur.

This $85 billion boost per month will end and the Fed is hoping the economy will be strong enough to allow available taxation to cover the costs of previous borrowings and pay for government services.

I think this has a chance to fail. The status quo in OECD economies is not sustainable. Something has to give.

Just be glad that the US is still a good place to put auto manufacturing regardless if it is Japanese, Korean, German, or US. Instead of focusing on a few models of vehicles made in Mexico we need to at least give credit for all investment in the US from both domestic and foreign corporations.

@Big Al--I think DM is a CAW member and not UAW. The word "labour" is a British and Canadian spelling, in the USA it is "labor" The name Denver Mike has nothing to do with the state of Colorado or the Rocky Mountains unless there is a town or city in Canada named Denver. @Lou, you are a Canadian is there a place in Canada named Denver?

@Jeff S - I do prefer the 'proper' use of script. Favour, Neighbour, Labour etc. Even if it makes my spell ✔ blow a fuse.

You should at least come clean about 'ownouring' a UAW Isuzu..............

DenverMike, ah, Greg Baird the Canuk.
There you go Mark Williams. Here he is.

Well, you are a troll, Greg, why are you hell bent on destroying PUTC?

Well Big Al from Oz, I dont/wont have kids so a bleak future doesnt bother me so long as I am dead by the time it would effect me negatively. Advances in stuff is great, so long as I dont have to pay to be reeducated to learn something new.

@The BAFONATOR 5000 AUTOMATED TROLLING MACHINE AND MULTI-POSTER DELUXE - If you were a humanoid, you would sleep once in a while. You've been up all night trolling and multi-posting and it's the wee hours in OZ now..

Give your CPU a rest when the sun comes up and quit overloading the power grid during peak hours, already......................

@Denver Mike or whoever you really are--Real Americans don't spell labor by adding a "u". Where did you get the name Denver Mike from? Are you from Denver, CO? Is your name Mike? Yes I own a UAW made Isuzu made in Lafayette, LA which is part of the United State of America. Where are you really from, Canada or maybe Russia? You must be ashamed of your real name or you would at least use your real first name. I have nothing against anyone from another country but I have no use for a phony or a fraud. My real name is Jeff and I was born in Dayton, OH, raised in Houston, TX, and now reside in Northern, KY across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, OH. All these places are in the United States of America and with the exception of Texas all were never independent countries. I am not ashamed of my name or of who I am. I have nothing to hide, but you must or you would come clean as to who you really are. Now is your opportunity to at least give us your real first name and where you are from.

@JeffS - there is a New Denver in the south east corner of British Columbia. I don't know of any others.

Omitting the "U" is grammatically correct for anyone from the USA.

I have suspected that we have been dealing with someone without HONOR (USA) or HONOUR (UK/Canada etc).

Regardless of how you spell it, it amounts to the same thing.

So Australia = etc :-)

I think your correct about honour or honor.

@Lou--You are correct you can spell "labor" with a "u" and that either spelling is correct, but the fact is that the typical born and bred American (United States) will not use a "u". The word "labour" is a dead giveaway. You, Lou, are honest about who you are and where you are from. I don't expect someone to give me their surname, but don't hide behind a totally fake name. I agree we are probably not dealing with an honorable person, and whether you or I or anyone else disagrees or agrees on a topic, we at least have a respect and trust for each other. You cannot have trust unless you have honesty.

@big Al from Oz - since we are spell checking each other..........

it is Canuck not Canuk ;)

I used etc. so as to keep things short, some people get easily confused ;)

Jeff S - My real name is Michael and I was born in a seaside village in Spain. Although my parents had just moved their for a business venture that went 'bust'. I was less than 2 years old when my parents, 1.5 years old sister and I immigrated to the US and landed with my aunt in Denver suburb. So when I moved out at 18 and end up in California, I became known as "Denver Mike".

The name stuck although I've never moved back. I inherited acreage in Aurora and I plan to retire there and build a log cabin. I live in a part of so Cal's Riverside County called the Inland Empire. It's known as "THE 909" as sort of a put down by those along the coast. Even though the 'area code' has been changed to 951 decades ago.

I picked up on using "Labour", "Favour" etc, here on PUTC, by the likes of "Lou" and other Canucknuckleheads.. As well as TTAC which is as Canadian as you can get (without using French).

I've had an obsession with pickups from a VERY early age. Around '70 and at just over 2 years old, I "drove" my dad's automatic pickup (standing on the seat) and crashed into a VW Bug at low idle speed at the end of the block. My parents had left my sister and I alone in a running Chevy pickup on a residential street "for just a minute"... or so they claim. No one was hurt, but my parents freaked when they saw the truck 'gone' and sitting down the street against a parked car.

By watching my dad, while sitting next to him and intensely watching him drive (no car seat, no seat belts, different times) I knew it was exactly 3 downward clicks of the column shifter and go...

Growing up as kid and my 1st memories, pickups had always been part of the scene. riding in the back with cousins, dogs, dusty dirt roads. Good times. As a kid, the family pickup truck was just like 'one of the family'.

So yeah I was obsessed with driving and everything automotive as a pre-teenager. Motorsports, you name it.. I learned to drive (sideways) on Pikes Peak Highway at the age of 12. My 1st jobs were at so local dealerships. Toyota, Ford, Dodge. That's were I picked up on the towing trade and the rest is history.

Lou, when you get to our age our minds are quicker than the body. So sometimes when typing (and other things), I thought I did, but I didn't.

I don't proof read very often as you can tell.

Plus I have a little (or in big people speak lower case) 'b' on my work computer, ie big Al not Big Al. This should be amended.

@Jeff S,
Great pick up on the spelling. Being here in Australia I constantly read all forms of english. I never noticed it.

@ReginaMichelle, aka Denver le Merde and the plethora of othernames you come under.
You are one f#@ked up puppy. Have a look at the stuff you do. Are you in a asylum with net access?

Do you feel empowered? Were you bullied when young? Maybe Alex can help. But I think a psychiatrist is more the way, they can prescribe the appropriate medication.

I'm glad you aren't one of my subordinates.

Do you work and have you ever worked. Or does the Canadian government provide support for people like you that are dependent on medication and can't interact with other humans effectively.

Language and use of language and spelling starts at a very young age.

Judging by the standard of your use of English you have been using it for quite some time, I might add in the US (based on your story). So quit with the bull$hit.

So you have been on PUTC and TTAC for how long? Since 1970?

Also, I might add you deliberately wrote what you wrote, as in continually trolling. DenverDick, why?

Thanks Michael. It is better to be honest and open. We can agree to disagree and respect each others opinions, but honesty is the key to trust. I do not mind you going by Denver Mike but it is much better to know who you really are. I would say learning to drive my grandfather around in Northern KY on the gravel and asphalt back roads in his 63 IH pickup when I was a young teen gave me an interest in pickups. Also living in Texas most of my life trucks were a 2nd or 3rd family vehicle. I spend my summers on the family farm and helped out bailing hay and straw. I was very close to my grandparents. I had my phases when I was a young college grad in my first job buying my first new car, a 77 Monte Carlo loaded, and now I am driving pickups which is what I learned to drive on. Yes my wife bought a new CRV but I will still prefer to drive both of my trucks.

@Jeff S - No problem. Thanks for asking.

I quickly became addicted to '80s diesels pickups as soon as I turned 15. The simplicity, the tunable power. But also had a need for speed. 5.0 Mustangs with a stir stick, of course.

That's why I enjoyed fully restoring the '72 Mustang with my nephew. That thing's a beast.. 351 Cleveland, Edelbrock 4V & intake, mild cam, Doug's Headers, Flow Masters, built up FMX trans. Posi-trac 3.50 gears.

Nobody ever asked for any background info, but I've nothing to hide. And nothing to prove.

@The BAFONATOR 5000 - I re-taught myself to type in '08 when I picked up a computer for the 1st time since high school. But computers sucked in '85. All text, no internet.

PUTC and TTAC were among the 1st sites I stumbled upon. They were certainly speaking my language.

Typing script was a like learning a whole new language compared to spoken language. I knew how to spell absolutely NOTHING. Sentence structure? Forget about it. I was typing 10 words per minute at the most. I had to 'look up' too many words and phrases.

Today, I might give the impression I've been typing since I was "2", and I've increased my proficiency to 50+ WPM.

Thank's for the complement though...

@Denver Mike--Using computers have become a major part of my work. When I started working in the late 70s as an accountant in the banking industry and oil industry 14 column spreadsheets, hand kept ledgers and journals, and data coding sheets were being used--there were no PCs. Now with emails, PDFs, Word, Excel, and Office Communicator everything is much easier and quicker. The only down fall is when I have computer issues or networks go down then I cannot work. I even use my work computer for Power Point presentations and training. I spend a good part of my day tracking and providing data on Excel spreadsheets and answering emails. I miss the travel and direct contact with my customers, but budgetary issues have limited my travel.

I still keep paper files on my personal bills and auto repairs and a written log for each vehicle on all maintenance and repairs. I think I am going to start using a computer to keep a log of my vehicle maintenance. I like to keep track of all my maintenance and most of my vehicles are well maintained both mechanically and appearance wise.

Look at the Kogod list for American content,Mopar is high on the list...Multiple Mopars are ranked high,more Chrysler products have more American content than any other brand ! PERIOD ! BAR NONE !!

@ Canadian DODGE RAM Owner !! - it isn't that simple. Canadian parts count as American content. I do believe that some Mexican parts also count.

If what you are saying is correct, that would indicate that most foreign owned companies are more attuned to "Made in the USA" as they have something to prove.

USA owned companies like Ford and GMC can ride on "Made by USA" because they are American.

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