Tesla has emerged as the top brand in domestic car manufacturing in the US, according to the Cars.com American-Made index. This revelation comes at a time when the United Auto Workers (UAW) union is engaging in strikes against Detroit automakers. However, the UAW’s demands do not address the fact that Detroit automakers are not the leaders in producing the most US-made cars, trucks, or SUVs. Instead, Tesla takes the top spot in the index.
The index considers several factors to determine the ranking, including the location of final assembly, the percentage of US and Canadian parts, the country of origin for available engines and transmissions, and the number of US manufacturing employees relative to the automaker’s footprint. Tesla’s four models (S, E, X, and Y) occupy the top four positions in the ranking. Other brands that follow include Honda, Volkswagen, and Acura.
The issue of domestic car manufacturing has gained attention recently due to political factors. With the 2024 US Presidential race on the horizon, candidates are taking positions on various topics to solidify their standings. President Joe Biden has expressed support for the UAW, while former President Donald Trump has shown support for Detroit automakers. Trump has criticized electric vehicles (EVs) and claimed that they are detrimental to the American car industry. However, his claims are not aligned with the current market trends, as EVs are emerging as the growth area in the automotive market.
The Detroit automakers are now facing competition from Tesla and foreign automakers in the EV market. Despite Trump’s claims about the drawbacks of EVs, data shows that prices for electric cars are dropping, and charging infrastructure is improving. Additionally, China has embraced the EV transformation and provided incentives and regulations to support EV adoption. It seems that Detroit automakers may have overlooked the potential of EVs earlier, while Tesla embraced the electric future.
In the ongoing negotiations between the UAW and Detroit automakers, the recognition of the importance of electric transportation is an essential aspect. Tesla’s success in domestic car manufacturing serves as a reminder that the future of the industry lies in electrification. While Trump’s remarks may criticize EVs, the industry is moving forward with increased adoption and advancements in technology.
– Cars.com American-Made index