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Just over five years ago, everyone laughed at the idea that American automakers could produce a smaller fuel-efficient vehicle to compete with their Japanese rivals. It was so bad that American autos had to dish out thousands in incentive money to move their cars off the lots -- resulting in massive losses and low resale values. 

Those days are gone. Now Ford has produced a handful of extremely popular vehicles such as the Fiesta, Focus, and Fusion. General Motors has even had success, and Tesla has appeared out of nowhere to take America by storm.

For proof of an American-made automotive renaissance, look no further than these three vehicles having an explosive year.

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  • Report this Comment On August 25, 2013, at 10:26 AM, 18RC wrote:

    Is the Fusion or Impala reliable and durable? No. So resale value will be poor as it always has been compared to Camry and Accord. So Ford and GM stocks are not going anywhere in the long term.

  • Report this Comment On August 25, 2013, at 10:31 AM, rrat412 wrote:

    The Japanese are reliable once again? You do know that Toyota was the top vehicle recalled each of the 3 years, right? Well over 10 million much for Japanese quality!

  • Report this Comment On August 25, 2013, at 10:33 AM, ABN2nds wrote:

    "And Tesla has appeared out of nowhere to take America by storm". REALLY??? I haven't seen one around Indy, where are all these cars at???

  • Report this Comment On August 25, 2013, at 10:41 AM, curiousjohn42 wrote:

    Tesla cumulative sales reached 12,700 units through June 2013 world wide. 2009 total auto sales for the US alone were 5.5 million units.

    The “appeared out of nowhere to take America by storm” line sounds like more cheer-leading from the MSM to promote another government ‘investment’.

  • Report this Comment On August 25, 2013, at 10:48 AM, Holechaser69 wrote:

    I own a 2012 Fiesta, bought it for the gas milage which has been awesome. Still, there is no resale value for this car, its a cheap car made in Mexico.

    They say America has always had a problem turning a profit off a compact car.

  • Report this Comment On August 25, 2013, at 11:18 AM, EdwardInFlorida wrote:

    @ABN2nbs and curiousjohn42,

    You are both very ironic in your statements.

    One, Tesla is a small specialized car manufacturer that just turned 10 years old. They, and everyone knew that the first two models (Roadster, and Model S) were not meant for the masses. The Model E or as it's referred to as the "Gen III" is intended to reach a much broader segment of the population when it's introduced in a few short years.

    Two, Tesla is not looking for any government handouts or "investments". Tesla actually paid their government loan in just two payments. Compare that to the other mainstream auto makers that are still making payments.

    If you two don't like any news about Tesla, then don't read it. Simple! I mean, is that easy to understand?

  • Report this Comment On August 25, 2013, at 11:41 AM, curiousjohn42 wrote:


    Do you still stand by “appeared out of nowhere to take America by storm”? Or are they just taking the media by storm?

    The only thing keeping Tesla's head above water is the selling of carbon credits to it's competitors (I guess the government doesn't look at where the electricity to charge the car comes from).

  • Report this Comment On August 25, 2013, at 11:50 AM, thesauceman wrote:

    Fusion isnt built in the United States. Throwing a Ford, GM, or Chrysler logo onto a car doesnt make it "American Made".

    The most popular car actually made in the United States is a Toyota.

  • Report this Comment On August 25, 2013, at 11:53 AM, curiousjohn42 wrote:

    " If you two don't like any news about Tesla, then don't read it. Simple! I mean, is that easy to understand?"

    The name of the article? "3 American-Made Cars Having an Explosive 2013"

    The media is flooding the country with Tesla articles. One recent one started with; "Elon Musk is the most handsome and intelligent man in the world" this written by a guy!

    I do follow media pushing crony capitalist. It's like they are using Atlas Shrugged as a template.

  • Report this Comment On August 25, 2013, at 12:18 PM, jax1122 wrote:

    Natrual Gas cars need to be implimented, were sitting on an unlimeted amount of Natural GAS AND paying $5 a gallon for petrolium???? VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE

  • Report this Comment On August 25, 2013, at 12:29 PM, FiLX wrote:

    Bringing the Tesla car to a country that don't have respect to patents will find themselves and their car in trouble. Sooner or later,the Model S will be dissected and cloned. Not for long, the clone will emerge and the Model S finds itself a competitor on it's own technology. The country I am talking about is not mentioned but you know.

  • Report this Comment On August 25, 2013, at 12:36 PM, scorpionjs wrote:

    @ABN2nds. You won't see many Teslas anywhere, let alone Indy. This article is a bit nuts in that regard. The Teslas ARE what we'd all like for an electric car if we wanted one. But, their roadster is over $100,000 and their S model Sedan is $80,000. And I have seen a couple here in Cincinnati, very sharp looking. If I could afford one, I'd buy one. I was looking forward to the sedan when it's originally projected price was about half the current.

  • Report this Comment On August 25, 2013, at 12:45 PM, tractornuts57 wrote:

    First off, Toyota is not made in America it is assembled in America, (but it does provide work for Americans) My Ford Focus is Made in Michigan, The Tesla will never take any where by Storm or even a good blow, it is not practical for the everyday working man or woman, Most of Chevy's lineup is actually Toyota underneath, The Fusion is as dependable as the Maint. it receives like most Vehicles, This whole article is written to sell vehicles and stir people into running out and buying a car, we need to change our culture of buying to keep up with a image and buy the most efficient, Vehicle that works for our personal use. Buy American or Starve!

  • Report this Comment On August 25, 2013, at 1:47 PM, Cody700 wrote:

    So Tesla has "taken America by storm"? Really? I am an avid auto enthusiast and to date, I have seen ONE on the road, ONE. To make the RIDICULOUS claim that they have taken America by storm is simply an arrogant lie. In order for anything to "take America by storm", I would say that most of America could afford one, wouldn't you? Tesla will NEVER be a real competitor of the big 3 and there is NOTHING more certain than that. To date, Tesla has sold around 15,000 cars. That isn't even worth mentioning in the world of cars. I don't believe they will ever "take America by storm". The Beattles did it, but Tesla damned sure will NOT.

  • Report this Comment On August 25, 2013, at 5:52 PM, Jason87467 wrote:

    Only a moron would say the American auto builders could not build small cars. They always could but would not. The mentality of the media is to put down American ingenuity and I'm sick of hearing it. Their mention " even GM can do it". If anyone can do it it's GM even better than Ford and the rest of the world. Wake up folks and let reality set in.

  • Report this Comment On August 25, 2013, at 6:44 PM, elvisghaw wrote:

    Malibu is a great car; quiet cabin and great handling, plus upscale interior materials; Camry looks like a toy car far better.

  • Report this Comment On August 25, 2013, at 8:14 PM, Jim85035 wrote:

    How much is Tesla paying you FOOL's. $100,000 for a car isn't taking america by storm!

  • Report this Comment On August 25, 2013, at 10:27 PM, Stephano617 wrote:

    I just bought a 2012 Ford Focus after 7 years of driving a Pontiac Gran Prix. The Focus runs great with 160hp 4cyl., 6 speed auto/manual dual clutch, dry tranny. And, my first 2 tanks of gas I got above 27mpg in town! It also runs really well, has great goodies inside & looks great! I'd buy another one!

  • Report this Comment On August 26, 2013, at 3:57 AM, mso88 wrote:

    The article is a compilation of half-truths. Tesla's have NOT taken America by storm. They are rolling environmental catastrophes, heavily subsidized, and otherwise unaffordable. The other's do not qualify as "American" cars. The best selling American car remains the Ford F-150 pick-up.

  • Report this Comment On August 26, 2013, at 6:02 AM, cosy4free wrote:

    Amazing, dear @curiousjohn42

    Please note, that Tesla is not only selling theyr cars in USA, but also in the rest of the world. Here in my coin I shaw recently two Roadster (in Zug) and a brand new sedan (the -s?) in Zurich.

    The overall sells from Porsche for 2012 was 151,999 cars for a value of about 18,658 Mio US$.

    So only Porsche is far out of the result from Tesla (where's all time cumulated sales in ten years arrive at 10% from Porsche's sold quantity in 2012 only).

    Are US Citiciens loosing relationship to fact and figures ??

  • Report this Comment On August 26, 2013, at 6:52 AM, Jason87467 wrote:

    Tesla is the biggest automobile hype I've seen ever. People are like a bunch of sheep. I don't see anything with the merit of getting excited about. Those of spent tons of money in the Tesla stocks are in for a rude awakening.

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