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Cars.com names Ram “Most American” pickup

by Bill Cawthon on

The Ram Quad Cab and Crew Cab are the “Most American” pickups for 2010, according to automotive website Cars.com. Not only was the Ram the highest-rated, it was the only U.S.-branded pickup on the top ten list released earlier this week, coming in at No. 7.

Chrysler placed two vehicles on the list. The Toledo-built Jeep Wrangler placed ninth. Ford had two vehicles on the list, the Escape at No. 3 and the Focus at No. 4. GM’s sole winner was the Chevrolet Malibu at No. 5.

Inclusion on the list is based on a combination of domestic content, assembly point and sales volume. For the second consecutive year, the Toyota Camry, built in Georgetown, Kentucky, and Lafayette, Indiana, led the list, followed by the Honda Accord, which is built in Marysville, Ohio and Lincoln, Alabama. Toyota had the most vehicles on the list with the Camry, San Antonio-built Tundra just behind the Ram at No. 8, and the Sienna minivan, which is built in Princeton, Indiana. The Honda Odyssey, also built at the Lincoln plant, was No. 6.

The Ford F-150, which had been one of the leading vehicles in past years, dropped off this year as its domestic parts content dropped to 55 percent. The same thing happened to the Chevrolet Silverado.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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