Globalization has made auto production confusing for consumers. Once upon a time, a car that was “made in America” meant U.S. workers made it in one of a handful of states using parts from domestic suppliers. NAFTA, automation, and corporate cost-cutting changed that. Nowadays, many cars assembled in the U.S. by American workers are built with a majority of foreign-made parts.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV, assembled in Detroit at GM’s Orion plant, offers a perfect example. Since the car has a Korean-built drivetrain and battery, Bolt scored only 42.5 out of 100 on the Kogod School’s Made in America Auto Index for 2017. A Canadian-built Honda CR-V or Mercedes GLE from Alabama rank higher in U.S. content. So do 125 other cars on the market, and many of them sport foreign emblems.
In fact, since some American-branded vehicles are made overseas with barely any U.S. content, you might consider them foreign cars. Here are 10 models from Detroit car companies that have no claim on being made in America.