Jobs are driven by economic activity, some of the most powerful of which is manufacturing. For every manufacturing job created or lost at least two support jobs are created or lost as well. Outside of our own homes the largest purchase that each of us make is our car. So it is very important that the cars purchased be as high in domestic (under US law this is US/Canadian) content as possible to drive domestic economic activity and create jobs. These are not just the jobs for the manufacturers themselves, but for all those that supply parts and services to those manufacturers. The higher percentage of domestic content the better. It is not the only factor however. The other factor is where the profits go. That frankly is complex. Basically most auto companies are publicly traded and so the ownership can be held by anyone in any country. Typically however more shareholders would be in the home country rather than other countries. Here is what is clear. A car company headquartered in another country with an 85% domestic content would be a much better choice than a car company with a 60% domestic content. The lists provided on this page supply percentage of domestic content for 2011 and 2012 cars both alphabetically and by domestic percentage. The nameplate of the car is meaningless. The 2012 car with the highest domestic content is the Toyota Avalon at 85%, by comparison the Ford Fusion is manufactured in Mexico and has only a 30% domestic content. For each car these percentages are averages. The sticker required on new cars will show the percentage domestic content, the location of final assembly, where the engine is made and where the transmission is made. Pay attention to all of this information and make sure your purchase is putting Americans to work.

2012 Cars Percentage List
2012 Cars Alphabetic List
2011 Cars Percentage List
2011 Cars Alphabetic List