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June 25, 2013

Ford’s F-150, built at Claycomo, is named the best American-made vehicle

The pickup snapped a four-year streak for the Toyota Camry in the Cars.com index, which ranks model lines based on their sales and whether the car or truck parts and the completed vehicles are built in the U.S.

Ford Motor Co.’s F-150 pickup, built at Claycomo, topped Cars.com’s 2013 American-Made index of most-American-made models, replacing Toyota Motor Corp.’s Camry sedan.

The F-150 snapped a four-year streak for the Camry, the website said Tuesday. The index ranks model lines based on their sales and whether the car or truck parts and the completed vehicles are built in the U.S.

Ford’s F-Series trucks have propelled the biggest U.S. sales increase among big automakers this year, climbing 22 percent through the end of May. The automaker said last month that it was adding 2,000 workers and a third shift at its F-150 factory in Claycomo to increase pickup production beginning in the third quarter. The F-150 also is assembled at a plant in Dearborn, Mich.

“Ford’s top ranking this year is a good indicator of how pickup trucks are dominating auto sales so far in 2013 and how the domestic automakers are bouncing back,” said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com’s editor in chief.

Though the assembly point and domestic parts content of the F-150 didn’t change from 2012 to 2013, vehicle sales are responsible for bumping the F-150 to the top spot, Olsen said.

Ford light vehicle deliveries climbed 13 percent this year through May to 1.05 million, according to Autodata Corp. The automaker boosted its market share by 0.8 percentage points during that span to 16.4 percent, the research company said in an e-mailed statement.

Toyota’s Tundra was the only other pickup to make the American-Made index, holding steady year to year to rank seventh. The F-150 previously held the top spot on the list from 2006 to 2008.

The top 10 was evenly split between domestic and foreign-owned brands. Toyota had the most brands on the index’s list, taking four spots, and General Motors Co. took three. Ford, Honda Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC each took one place.

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