It’s funny that a car invented by a Japanese manufacturer is also a major symbol of American car ownership. But the most popular car in the United States, the Toyota Camry, recently won the honor of ‘Most American Car’ for the second year in a row.
According to CNET.com, the Toyota Camry has one again topped Cars.com’s American-Made Index. The index tracks cars that are not only assembled in the U.S. but also have a high percentage of U.S.-sourced parts and a high number of U.S. sales. To qualify for the list, cars had to have at least 75% domestic content.
Want to know how much Americans love their Camrys? Just turn to Twitter. You’ll be astounded by the number of tweets involving Camrys. Here are three recent Camry-related tweets, for example:
glad I have black rims bc people can actually tell my Camry apart from all the others ?
— laney (@damndelaney) July 8, 2016
I came home to this letter tape to my door ?My sister and I don’t know who he talking about cuz we both got Camry’s pic.twitter.com/G81oYCQHMl
— MasterPiece! (@IndianapolisBae) July 8, 2016
To the guy who flipped me off in the Camry blaring Where The Wild Things Are: how does it feel to be fucking sick?
— Quinn (@QuinnChalmers) July 8, 2016
After the Toyota Camry, the most American cars by Cars.com’s standards are the Honda Accord, the Toyota Sienna, the Honda Odyssey, the HondaPilot, the Chevrolet Traverse, the GMC Acadia (pre-2017), and the Buick Enclave.
“Only then, in sixth places, does a Detroit Big 3 vehicle make an appearance with the Chevrolet Traverse, a crossover SUV,” writes Chris Woodyard in an article for USA Today.
The cars come from five U.S. states alone. You probably would’ve guessed Michigan, but the other states are Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Alabama.
The real question is how so many Toyotas and Hondas dominated the list. The answer is that it’s a matter of scale. The Camry is the best-selling car in America and it employs the most Americans to make it.
Woodyard also cites globalization. Today, automakers often build vehicles where they sell them as a means of protecting themselves from currency fluctuations and criticism of trade imbalances. U.S. Camry owners can trace their cars back to factories in Georgetown, Kentucky or Lafayette, Indiana.
But don’t be fooled. The American auto industry isn’t doing well, even if Toyota is having cars assembled in the United States in large numbers.
In a statement, Patrick Olsen, Cars.com’s editor in chief, said, “After reaching an all-time low of just seven cars on the 2015 American-Made Index, this year’s list is up one car, but still remains much smaller than earlier indexes, when the list included nearly 30 eligible cars.”