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Old 03-25-2013, 01:36 PM   #1
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How American is a Toyota Tacoma?

So I posted this picture on facebook and titled it "Merica" and my friend said "too bad it's a foreign truck" and I told him "It's probably more American than your newer Ford truck".
Am I right? Not too sure if my argument is valid, just needed some help on this one
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:39 PM   #3
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:40 PM   #5
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This is a little more up to date from pickup.com:



What Percentage of Your Truck Is Made in America?
Posted by Mark Williams | March 7, 2012


For seven years, Cars.com has been collecting data from various sources to determine which vehicles are the "most American" — meaning which ones have the highest percentage of its parts content produced in the U.S. and Canada.

Cars.com's American-Made Index rates the top 10 vehicles that are built and bought in the U.S. Each year, as you might imagine, the results are very interesting. For the past several years, the No. 1 vehicle has been the Toyota Camry, which is built in Kentucky and Indiana. Among the criteria for a vehicle to make the AMI is that it must have at least 75 percent domestic parts content.

Cars.com puts it this way in its 2011 AMI report: "In today's global economy, there's no easy way to determine just how American a car is. Many cars built in the U.S., for example, are assembled using parts that come from elsewhere. Some cars assembled in the U.S. from largely American-made parts don't sell well, meaning fewer Americans are employed to build them. Cars.com's American-Made Index recognizes cars that are built here, have a high amount of domestic parts and are bought in large numbers by American consumers."

Detroit's full-size pickups didn't make it into the AMI that year: "The F-150 held a commanding No. 1 spot in the first three years that we've compiled the index, with domestic parts content as high as 90 percent. Alas, today's Michigan- and Missouri-built F-150 bears only 60 percent domestic content rating. Similarly, the Chevrolet Silverado, which held second place for much of the F-150's reign, has just 61 percent domestic content. Chrysler's Ram 1500 pickup's 70 percent domestic content fares better, but it still falls short of the AMI's 75-percent cutoff."

This year, the Toyota Tundra and Ford F-Series will be eligible for the AMI because both have 75 percent domestic parts content, according to current data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For the F-Series, that's 15 percentage points better than a year ago. The Tundra was the only pickup in the 2011 index, ranking eighth among all cars and trucks. As for the Ridgeline, these are preliminary numbers but they are likely to be close. Domestic parts content for the Ram and Chevy Silverado are relatively unchanged from a year ago, and are well below the cutoff. Keep in mind, though, that the domestic parts content among some models can shift wildly year to year.

Here are the rankings for 2012, according to the most recent NHTSA info. (We should note some models could be missing because their data was not reported or is combined with other models.)



The ratings come from the domestic-parts content labels that appear on window stickers as a result of the American Automobile Labeling Act, which requires that virtually every new car display the percentage, by cost, of its parts that originated in the U.S. and Canada. Where we designated a tie, we listed according to alphabetical order.

Again, we should note, this is not an exact science and there are several factors that go into current AMI scoring, but we'll get the full story when the rankings are published later in July.
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Why don't these add to 100%?
On our Tacoma, 70% comes from the US, 15% comes from other countries, then the other 15% comes from....

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Why don't these add to 100%?
On our Tacoma, 70% comes from the US, 15% comes from other countries, then the other 15% comes from....

Sweet so they are made from America, other countries, and other universes! We rank superior to everyone else
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:47 PM   #9
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I know that mine is made in Fremont, CA. One of the last yee haws.
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I thought the Tacoma was just the north american Helux, so wouldnt it be 100% North American?
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:40 PM   #12
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I know that mine is made in Fremont, CA. One of the last yee haws.
Yeah I looked up mine and mine up today and it says assembled in Fremont, CA at the NUMMI plant. I guess it's just as Murican as any other truck here
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2nd gens are more American than 1st gens. I am pretty sure that all 2nd gen Tacomas are made in Texas now with over 70% North American parts content.

1st gens were made in California, they have a whole lot of Japanese parts though. The major components on my truck are all from Japan, but its okay because good stuff comes from Japan. They're entire culture is weird as hell, but they have some good engineers.
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How American is a Toyota Tacoma?
it depends on the definition:

American company?
American parts?
American labor?
American factory?

and of course: "American", as in United State of America...or North American?
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Ya I'm not saying it's bad that it is from Japan, I guess I was just trying to say that his "American" truck isn't totally from America like they make it out to be.
The definition I was going for was parts/ factory, and USA. Because of course Toyota is Japanese and Ford/ Chevy/ Dodge are American, but are they all the same in that some parts/ labor is outsourced and the majority of the truck is assembled here?
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^So is mine, by UAW unionized Americans, no less.

Dodge is Italian now. Both the Dodge Dart and the new Cherokee (how American is that brandname?) is based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta hatchback.
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