Every year for the past 11 years, Cars.com releases its American-Made Index (AMI), which is a list of light-duty passenger vehicles largely assembled in America and this year the Jeep Wrangler sits at number one.
Built at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Toledo assembly plant in Ohio, the Jeep Wrangler along with 120 other models were ranked based on five factors: assembly plant location, domestic-parts content percentage, U.S. factory employment, engine origin and transmission origin.
Unsurprisingly, three Jeep models had some of the highest of domestic parts content numbers in this year’s lineup: 74% for the Wrangler, 75% for the Wrangler Unlimited and 70% for the Cherokee. That’s because all of its engines and nearly all of its transmissions are built in the US.
Also noted was a manufacturer’s labour force and starting this year AMI will take into account each automaker's direct U.S. factory employment relative to its sales footprint. Jeep most likely scored quite high in this category as well considering the Toledo assembly plant’s employment of around 5,000 full-time workers not to mention the Cherokee that’s built at a plant in Illinois.
"The Wrangler, as a descendent essentially of the military Jeep that helped the Allies win World War II, had pretty good American credentials to begin with," Cars.com executive editor Joe Wiesenfelder said. "It seems to go even deeper than that."