Happy Fourth of July: Tesla’s ‘U.S.-Made Index’ Winning Streak
This year marks another Fourth of July that Tesla has qualified as the most American-made brand, even gaining some upgrades from last year. Tesla’s four vehicles qualified as the top four most American-made car spots in recent weeks, after first appearing in the index in 2020.
Above: Tesla's Model X, S, 3 and Y (Image: EVANNEX).
Tesla’s Model Y, 3, X and S, in that order, were recently named the top four most American-made cars in 2023 by Cars.com. The news marks Tesla’s third year in a row clinching multiple spots on the index, and the second year in a row in which all four vehicles were in the top ten.
Tesla also earned four top-ten spots in last year’s index, with the Model Y and 3 again landing first and second, respectively, while the Model X and S ranked fifth and sixth, respectively. We also covered Tesla earning four spots in the U.S.-Made Index’s top ten in 2022, though this year shows an improvement for the brand.
Above: 2023 Cars.com American-Made Index: Which Cars Are the Most American? (Video: Cars.com / YouTube).
Last year, Cars.com Detroit Bureau Chief Aaron Bergman called final assembly locations “arguably the most important factor for index qualification.” Since then, Model Y production has increased at Tesla’s Gigafactory Texas, while its California Gigafactory is still producing the majority of its vehicles — including additional Model Y units.
"Basically 100% of the vehicles they sell here are made here," Bragman said last year. "It's an unusual situation for any automaker."
As noted in a recent poll from the Cars.com, roughly 39 percent of those buying vehicles will "devote significant time to researching where a large purchase is manufactured or headquartered."
Tesla was also included in the American-made index in both 2021 and 2020. In 2021, Tesla’s Model 3 earned the first spot on the index, jumping from its fourth spot the prior year. The Model Y appeared on the index for the first time in 2021, and neither the Model S or X made it due to insufficient data for inclusion.
The methodology for inclusion on the publication’s 2023 American-made index are as follows, according to the site:
To create the American-Made Index, Cars.com analyzes five primary factors:
Location of final assembly
Percentage of U.S. and Canadian parts
Country of origin for available engines
Country of origin for available transmissions
U.S. manufacturing employees relative to the automaker’s footprint
So, an extra happy Independence Day to the Tesla community, for increasingly supporting the most U.S.-made vehicles. Here's to another year of innovation in the industry, and to supporting auto companies that produce locally.