Kogod Made in America Auto Index | Kogod School of Business, American University, Washington, DC. That Ford Fusion, made in Mexico or that Hyundai Santa Fe, made in Montgomery, Alabama, which car is better as far as being “Made in the USA”? One of the most difficult problems is trying to determine is how much of an automobile is “Made in America.” Frank Dubois of the American University’s Kogod School of Business has developed a scale based on seven criteria as to how much of an automobile is “Made in the USA”. The scale is based on if: 1) the automaker is in the USA; 2) the auto is assembled in the U.S.; 3) Research & Development within the U.S.; 4) Inventory, Capital and Expenses were from within the U.S.; 5) Engine made in U.S.; 6) Transmission made in U.S.; and 7) and body made in the U.S. The seven criteria or then added up to make a total score. The link surveys 253 automobiles from highest to lowest.
The top Index score was 88.5 out of a possible 100. However, no automobile scored higher than 40 out of a possible 50 in the “body” section. The top scores were (tie): GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave, and Chevrolet Traverse.
Finally, a dependable index to determine the amount of “US Made” percentage in each automobile. The answer to the initial question was the Hyundai Santa Fe with a score of 64.5 over the Ford Fusion with a score of 34. However, starting in 2013, the Ford Fusion will no longer be manufactured in Hermosillo, Mexico and instead, will be manufactured in Flat Rock, Michigan. That will bring up its score by at least 6 points. Before you buy your automobile, check out the link at the top of the blog entry to see how much of the 2013 model is actually made in the USA.