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Ford, Chevrolet Top New Release of Kogod Made in America Auto Index - American.edu/kogod
By Jackie Zajac
April 3, 2014

The Ford F-Series pickup and the Chevrolet Corvette reign supreme in the new release of the Kogod Made in America Auto Index, revealed this week.

The Kogod index has a unique evaluation method to determine the domestic content of vehicles sold in the United States—which accounts for production factors ignored in other indices. It also compensates for the drawbacks of using self-reported regulatory data as the only measure of determining the "American-ness" of a vehicle sold in the U.S.

"This index provides the public with a more accurate reflection of the true country of origin of a car and the impact of its purchase on the US economy," said Associate Professor Frank DuBois, the index's author and an expert in global supply chains...

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About the Index

The Kogod Made in America Auto Index was assembled by Associate Professor Frank DuBois, an expert in global supply chain management, at American University's Kogod School of Business. Among other sources, the data was compiled from publicly-disclosed American Automobile Labeling Act (AALA) reports as of February 2014, and accounts for the following factors:

* Profit Margin: Where the automaker's global headquarters is located
* Labor: Where the car is assembled
* Research and Development
* Inventory, Capital, and Other Expenses: Location of assembly
* Engine and Transmission: Location of production
* Body, Interior, Chassis, Electrical, and Other: Location of production
* National Highway Traffic Safety Administration AALA "Domestic Content" Score

Note that some highly similar vehicle models that varied on the basis of trim lines or engine and transmission options were aggregated together for ease of comparison, resulting in 318 total vehicles indexed. As there were multiple tie scores, there are a total of 84 ranked positions.

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Link to table of 2014 rankings
 
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