This State Buys the Most American Cars
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Just like cheering for your sports team, buying a car from America can give you a sense of pride and patriotism. Even if your favorite American car isn’t manufactured domestically, you can still feel proud driving around an American brand.
So, which state is the most patriotic based on car ownership? Michigan is the state with the most American vehicles, according to iSeeCars.com.
Michigan buys the most American cars
iSeeCars.com looked at over 4 million used cars from 2016 to 2020 that were sold between January 1 and June 12, 2021. The American brands included Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Jeep, Lincoln, Ram, and Tesla.
Michigan had the highest percentage of cars come from those American brands at 79.6%. It might come as no surprise since the state is home to the "Motor City" and headquarters for the Big Three automakers.
Other states in the top spots
South Dakota took second place at 78.4% and North Dakota took third at 70.4%. The second and third place has one of the biggest percentage gaps. Seven out of the top 10 states on this list, including South Dakota and North Dakota, are located in the Midwest.
The U.S. auto industry has been concentrated in the Midwest since the late nineteenth century, according to Cross Currents. A majority of production facilities are concentrated in an "auto corridor" that extends through several states.
The Midwest offers accessible raw materials which makes it attractive for assembly plants. Many new plants have been built in the region to reduce distribution costs.
Why are more people buying American cars?
States with more diverse populations buy a mix of car brands. American cars were once seen as inferior to their foreign rivals. On Consumer Reports Top Picks list for 2021, the majority of cars came from Japan. Another Japanese brand, Mazda, has most of its lineup featured in a list of the safest SUVs.
Still, today, many American brands have caught up in terms of car reliability and quality. American pickup trucks are the most popular car in the country, but there’s a large range of options whether you want an electric vehicle or a luxury SUV. Tesla is an auto giant that a lot of people don’t even know is American.
The Tesla Model 3 was ranked first on the most American-Made Index. The index considers things like where an automaker’s car parts are manufactured, and the location of the final assembly.
Whether you’re looking for an electric truck in the making like the Ford F-150 Lightning, or a spacious SUV like the Chevy Suburban, American brands have something for you.
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