Do Car Buyers Care About 'Made in America?'
Third place went to the Nissan (NSANY) Altima while the Camry, in short supply during the survey period in July 2011, ranked eighth. Andersson acknowledged that the preference for Detroit Three products "could be a result of the lack of inventory from the Japanese earthquake, but the data shows that American car buyers are open to buying a car made in the USA."
Nine of the top 10 vehicles are assembled in the U.S., with assembly of the 10th -- the Equinox -- scheduled to be moved to Spring Hill, Tenn., during the second half of 2012.
In the Cars.com list of the 10 Most American Cars in the American Made Index, winner Toyota Camry was followed closely by the Ford F-150.
Toyota, Honda (HMC) and GM accounted for eight of the 10 vehicles on the list. GM's vehicles included the Traverse (sixth), Acadia (ninth) and Buick Enclave (10th) all built in Lansing, Mich. In addition to the Camry, Toyota also has the Sienna (fourth) and Tundra (seventh). Honda (HMC) Accord was third while Pilot was fifth. Chrysler Jeep Liberty ranked eighth. All 10 are assembled in the U.S.
-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.
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