The Top 10 Most "All-American" Cars Are Shockingly Japanese

As the auto industry rapidly changes, distinctions that were once clear in terms of which cars or manufacturers are truly "American" have blurred. Domestic brands have been bought and sold by foreign companies, while many Japanese automakers boast significant production from domestically located factories. has created its own system, the American-Made Index, which considers a variety of factors in determining which vehicles have the most red, white, and blue in their veins. 

While rankings like this may seem irrelevant to investors, big-ticket purchases such as automobiles and homes are often done with the heart and not the head. Many people buy domestically manufactured vehicles on principle, and being "more American" can be as important a car's price and features.

A high ranking in one direction or another can boost loyalty and pricing power as well.

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  • Report this Comment On July 27, 2013, at 3:01 PM, not12say wrote:

    Austin Smith better realize that just because GM is backed by the feds does NOT guarantee it as a premium investment. Has he forgotten that our credit rating has slipped for the 1`st time EVER in it's history? Smith may also wish to reconsider that Hyundai/Kia has leapfrogged the competition since 2006, and consistantly outsells most combined GM brands.....btw.

  • Report this Comment On July 27, 2013, at 3:25 PM, Pablocruse wrote:

    There are actually people that think there is a difference in cars. ALL cars nowadays look exactly the same. No difference; came off the same drawing board; impossible to tell apart from the side. Look at them. Same short, sloping front end on all of them. And all of them junk.

    I'll keep my '65 GTO.

  • Report this Comment On July 28, 2013, at 7:31 AM, Oblunder wrote:

    When you start changing the definition of everything, you have to expect this.

    1 Pro choice means that the mother is the slave owner of the unborn child.

    2 "Global" warming means, too hot, too cold, too wet or too dry.

    3 Marriage equality means that anything with a heartbeat can get married.

    4 Hope and change means hopeless chains.

    5 Gun safety means the inability for you to protect yourself and your family.

  • Report this Comment On July 29, 2013, at 12:26 PM, SLTFAF wrote:

    Oblunder -- don't be an idiot about global warming. Rising global average surface temperature (global warming) can result in a variety of weather patterns across the planet.

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