The Press Newspaper
Two models produced by General Motors, the Express and Savana, moved to the top of the list of vehicles with the highest percentage of their content manufactured in the U.S. and Canada for the 2014 model year, according to the most recent listing compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Approximately 80 percent of the content of the two models are made in the U.S. and Canada and both are assembled in the U.S. according to the NHTSA information.
Their engines are made in the U.S. and their transmissions are manufactured in Mexico.
The Odyssey, made by the American Honda Motor Co., with 75 percent of it content manufactured in the U.S. and Canada is third on the list. In addition to being assembled in the U.S., both its transmission and engine are made in the U.S.
All three models are classified as multi-purpose passenger vehicles.
Another General Motors product, the sporty Corvette, also has 75 percent of its content manufactured in Canada and the U.S. It’s assembled in the U.S. where its engines are made. Its transmissions, however, are made in the U.S. and Mexico.
The NHTSA reports, compiled through the American Automobile Labeling Act (AALA), are available at the administration’s website for model years 2007-14.
The AALA defines a passenger motor vehicle as one designed to carry not more than 12 persons with a gross vehicle weight rating of no more than 8,500 pounds.
In 2012, Toyota’s Matrix and Avalon, topped the list with U.S./Canada percentages of 95 and 85 percent respectively.
The Matrix was assembled in Canada and its engine and transmission were from the U.S. and Japan respectively.
The Avalon was assembled in the U.S. where its engine and transmission were made.
The accompanying chart shows the top 26 vehicles by U.S./Canada percentages for 2014.