NEWS 2018 American-Made Index: Which Cars Are Built in America for 2018?

Liberty_Wrench-4K.jpg photo illustration by Paul Dolan; photo by Christian Lantry, Delpixart/iStock’s American-Made Index takes many factors into account to determine just how American a given car might be, but it starts with one fundamental requirement: Final assembly has to occur in the U.S. Counting hybrid versions as separate models, 114 nameplates made that initial cut — a group that forms the initial pool of AMI eligibility, though plenty of other factors determine eligibility beyond this.

Related: The 2018 American-Made Index

Here they are, arranged by automaker for the 2018 model year.

BMW Group


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles





  • Hyundai Elantra: Montgomery, Ala., for some sedans; remaining sedans and all hatchbacks (Elantra GT) are imported
  • Hyundai Santa Fe Sport: Montgomery, Ala., and West Point, Ga.
  • Hyundai Sonata: Montgomery, Ala., for non-hybrids; hybrids and plug-in hybrids are imported
  • Kia Optima: West Point, Ga., for some non-hybrids; remaining non-hybrids and all hybrids and plug-in hybrids are imported
  • Kia Sorento: West Point, Ga.





Volkswagen Group

The list excludes heavy-duty commercial vehicles (e.g., semitrucks) and models discontinued in the U.S. as of publication, like the Ford Focus and Ford C-Max. Note, of course, that many of the cars above have moved into 2019 model-year production as of this writing. Several all-new 2019s built in the U.S. will join them, from the Cadillac XT4 and Honda Insight to the Subaru Ascent and Ford Ranger. Check back next year to see how those cars ranked in the American-Made Index versus the 2019 field.

Editor’s note: This story was updated June 7, 2019, to reflect the final assembly locations for the Mercedes-Benz Metris and Sprinter.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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