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176 THE SHOP AUGUST 2017 \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ ooking for an all-American ride? Try the Jeep Wrangler or Cherokee. Cars.com has released its American-Made Index, an annual ranking of the "most- American" vehicles. For the first time in the list's history, the Jeep Wrangler has topped the index as the overall "most-American" vehicle for 2017. In fact, the index is led by two Ohio- built SUVs from Fiat Chrysler Automo- biles: Wrangler (including the Wrangler Unlimited four-door) and second-place Jeep Cherokee. "Over the American-Made Index's 11-year history, the number of models meeting our original criteria has fallen due to the globalization of automobile manu- facturing—from more than 60 vehicles in the index's inaugural year to eight last year," says Joe Wiesenfelder, Cars.com's executive editor. "By the original requirements, only three 2017 models would have qualified this year. With that, we've revamped the AMI to account for the changing landscape and to reinforce factors representing the domestic economic impact when a buyer purchases one model versus another. We analyzed more than 100 light-duty passenger vehicles built in the U.S. to arrive at the top 10." For 2017, the revamped index now bases the ranking on five key criteria: 1. Assembly location: The location in which the vehicle's assembly plant is located. 2. Domestic parts content: Percentage of a vehicle's parts content originating in the U.S. and Canada, as determined by the American Automobile Labeling Act. 3. Country of engine origin. 4. Country of transmission origin. 5. U.S. factory employment: Each auto- maker's direct U.S. factory employment relative to its sales footprint. The domestic parts content for the Wrangler and Cherokee were among the highest figures Cars.com observed in this year's AMI: 74 percent for the Wrangler, 75 percent for the Wrangler Unlimited and 70 percent for the Cherokee. All engines and nearly all transmissions for the Wran- gler and Cherokee hail from the U.S., and FCA assembles both nameplates in Toledo, Ohio. "In an era of build-American sentiment, a sizable portion of shoppers still care where their car comes from," Wiesenfelder says. "That said, it is important for shoppers to remember that the logo on the vehicle doesn't necessarily tell the full story. The cars on this year's list of the most-American hail from automakers headquartered in Europe and Asia as well as North America. Conversely, some vehicles with distinctively American brand names rank low by AMI standards." In a recent Cars.com survey among in- market car shoppers, it was determined that 25 percent of respondents would consider buying only from an American manufacturer (compared with 13 percent in 2016), and only 5 percent would con- sider buying solely from a foreign manu- facturer. This article originally appeared on THE SHOP's website and in our daily eNewsletter. Learn more at theshopmag.com. Rating the American in Vehicles L \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ ONE MORE THING... Rank ..................... Make/Model .................................U.S. Assembly Plant Location(s) 1 ........................... Jeep Wrangler/Wrangler Unlimited ................................. Toledo, Ohio 2 ........................... Jeep Cherokee ............................................................. Toledo, Ohio 3 ........................... Ford Taurus ........................................................................ Chicago 4 ........................... Honda Ridgeline ........................................................... Lincoln, Ala. 5 ........................... Acura RDX .............................................................East Liberty, Ohio 6 ........................... Ford F-150 .......................................Dearborn, Mich./Claycomo, Mo. 7 ........................... Ford Expedition ............................................................Louisville, Ky. 8 ........................... GMC Acadia ...........................................................Spring Hill, Tenn. 9 ........................... Honda Odyssey ............................................................ Lincoln, Ala. 10 ......................... Honda Pilot .................................................................. Lincoln, Ala. Cars.com compiles its "most American" vehicles list by looking at several factors including assembly location, domestic parts content and U.S. factory employment.

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