In today's economy, job security is a big concern, especially as many manufacturing jobs are outsourced to other countries with cheaper labor. At Avondale Toyota, we're proud that for the second year in a row, the Toyota Camry was ranked number-one on the Cars.com American-Made Index.
To even be eligible for the AMI, a vehicle must be assembled entirely within the United States, and must be made with at least 75 percent domestically-manufactured parts. In 2016, only eight models qualified (and only three were made by American brands). The Toyota Sienna was also listed, as the third most American-made.
Number of domestic parts, and location of assembly plants don't paint a full picture, so Cars.com went a step further, and analyzed the number of jobs each model supports. The Toyota Camry alone supports over 6,000 American workers, beating out every other vehicle by a wide margin.
With five assembly plants and five parts manufacturing plants in the U.S., Toyota employs nearly 35,000 workers, with about 25,000 of those positions in manufacturing.
"This recognition from Cars.com is a tribute to Toyota employees, not only those at the plant who build the Camry, but the broader Toyota team who design, engineer, market and finance the vehicle in the United States," said Bob Carter, Toyota senior vice president of automotive operations. "We also support local suppliers and economies, and we have invested more than $6 billion into our Kentucky operations alone, which is growing with our new production engineering campus under construction there."
If you're feeling red, white, and blue this July, visit our showroom to test drive new vehicles that are more American than you realized!