Chevy Volt #2, Tesla Model S #8 On Kogod Made in America Auto Index

Under the 2016 Chevy Volt Hood


The Chevy Volt and Tesla Model S make it onto another U.S. focused automotive index.

Many organizations attempt to compile a most “American” made vehicle list. Because of differences in methodology, not all of these lists agree. Earlier this month, released their American Made Index. In both’s AMI and the Kogod Made in America Auto Index, Chevy Volt lands in the top 5. The Tesla Model S also finds a place in the top 10 of Kogod’s index thanks to 55% U.S. and Canadian content.

The Kogod’s index was started in 2013 by Frank DuBois, a professor at the Kogod School of Business at American University. The index ranks 544 vehicles drawing a large portion of their data from the American Automobile Labeling Act (AALA). Country of assembly and origin for engines/transmissions must be labeled on a vehicle window sticker. The AALA does not differentiate between U.S. and Canadian content.

The full list of 2018 vehicles can be viewed at For reference, here is a list of Tesla and GM plug-in vehicles and their percentage of domestic and foreign parts according to the AALA:

Volt and Model S Land On Kogod American Auto List

This is a pretty significant increase in American content over the initial launch of the Volt. Thanks to InsideEVs reader scottf200 for this comparison chart:

Chevy Volt has increased US content since 2011.

For the final tally, Kogod also takes into consideration the portion of U.S. labor, Research and Development, Transmission, Body, Chassis and electrical components, and whether or not the automaker is based in the United States. The amount of American made content could become more important in the near future if new tariffs are imposed. According to DuBois:

“The price of vehicles will rise and domestic consumption of vehicles will fall. In addition, retaliation by trading partners will make it that much harder for U.S. vehicle exporters.”

Tesla Model S

On Kogod’s index, 24 vehicles finished in the top 10. How is that possible? Because their ranking methods include tie scores and vehicle variants. You can view Kogod’s full ranking at the American University website.

Source: Automotive News

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14 Comments on "Chevy Volt #2, Tesla Model S #8 On Kogod Made in America Auto Index"

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This explains the bad quality

Volt in 2011 was 40% US/Can content, 50% in 2017, and 66% in 2018.

Good to see the improvement on the Volt! If you don’t mind I might add your Volt section to the article when I am back at my computer this evening.

Feel free to.

And sales steadily decreases over time.

Prime and Clarity are both imported and their sales steadily increases. That says a lot about people who buy green cars sometimes…

Interesting the difference between the Volt and the Bolt.

I am actually surprised by the difference between the 3 and the Model S. Despite the Model S cells being imported from Japan, it has 55%, whereas the Model 3 LR only has 50% and the SR just 45%.

Also interesting, the Honda Odyssey with 75% US and Canadian seems to be the second most American (plus Canadian) car (after the Dodge Grand Caravan) and the Honda Ridgeline, also 75%, the most American truck.

And the Mercedes C-Class (if bought in North America) is with 70% US-Canadian content the most Canadian-US-American sedan.

So if you want to support American (and Canadian) auto workers, buy a C-Class and a Honda truck! MURRRICA!!!

I don’t think a cell counts as a part here.

the bolt is a korean car.

I can’t understand this listing. Why is USA and Canada lumped together as one? Isn’t Canada still a foreign country to the US? If we’re going to go all “North American” why isn’t Mexico also included? Pretty bogus.

The whole point of a list like this is see how much money and jobs stay in the USA with the purchase of one of these vehicles. Just lumping Canada in is disingenuous and deceitful.

Well that’s not really the fault of those compiling the index, it is the limitation of the AALA. I don’t know why these were not separated out and agree it is kind of silly. Perhaps it is a result of NAFTA negotiations in the 90s to get Canada on board. However Kogod and both take in consideration this fact. There are many other factors that go into this determination. On the American University website they state:

“Since the enactment of the American Automotive Labeling Act (AALA) in 1994, automakers are required to provide information on the label detailing the amount of U.S. and Canadian parts content, the country of assembly, and the engine and transmission’s country of origin.

AALA data, while useful, is not the most accurate means of assessing a vehicle’s contribution to the U.S. economy. It presents a number of limitations; U.S. and Canadian content are combined into one number, and automakers are allowed to round-up a part that is potentially only 70% U.S./Canadian to 100% U.S./Canadian.

Kogod’s method improves on the AALA data by incorporating a more comprehensive research methodology, providing consumers with a more accurate view of their vehicle’s composition.”

I’m surprised it doesn’t differentiate between US and Canada. Didn’t Trump just throw NAFTA out? Aren’t there now tariffs applied to Canadian products?

The Nissan Leaf is 40%, presumably thanks to the Tennessee battery plant.