Ford Ranger Tops New Cars That Contribute Most To US Economy

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Three trucks and three EVs made the top 10.

It's clear that 2020 will not go down as a stellar year for the automotive industry. Some mainstream manufacturers like Toyota predicts that it will remain profitable despite a forecasted decrease in sales of nearly 2 million units, while others like McLaren were forced to cut over 1,000 jobs. Amid this more fragile economic environment, buyers are increasingly looking to buy America-made cars that contribute most to the US economy. But what vehicles are these, exactly?

We now have the answer to that based on the 2020 American-Made Index (AMI) released by Cars.com. The list ranks the new vehicles that have the most significant positive impact on the US economy. Sitting at the top of the 2020 list of 91 America-made vehicles is the Ford Ranger, which is assembled in Wayne, Michigan.

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The AMI is put together based on criteria such as the number of factory employees relative to vehicles produced, along with assembly location. Following the Ranger and rounding out the top 5 are the Jeep Cherokee, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model 3, and the Honda Odyssey. This year's data indicates that up to 70 percent of shoppers now take into account a vehicle's economic impact as either a significant or deciding factor, making the 2020 list especially relevant.

"The auto industry is highly globalized," commented Kelsey Mays, the senior consumer affairs and vehicle evaluations editor at Cars.com. "But these 91 models bring jobs to America and investments to our local communities."

The survey also revealed that 40 percent of consumers would be likelier to purchase an American-made car as a direct result of the ongoing health/economic crisis.

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Other models in the top 10 include two more Hondas (the Ridgeline and the Passport), along with the Chevrolet Corvette and the Chevrolet Colorado. Interestingly, this is the first year that Tesla has been part of the study, and clearly the EV automaker has made a big impact with three models in the top 10. Just outside the top 10 are the GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Camaro, and Honda Pilot. The top-selling Ford F-150 ranks 44th.

For many Americans, the opportunity to aid the country's recovery by buying models that benefit the local economy is a more significant factor in the purchasing decision than ever before. This year, 26 percent of respondents went as far as to describe buying a car made elsewhere as "unpatriotic". With the latest AMI list now out, it will be interesting to see if there is a positive sales jump for those models in the top 10.

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