Drive the “Most American Car” With These Chevy Vehicles
In a recent university study, the Chevrolet Corvette was rated as the “Most American” car. The award shouldn’t be a surprise, as the Corvette has long been considered “America’s Sports Car.” The survey conducted was created and developed by the Kogod Made in America Auto Index and reported by the National Corvette Museum in a news release. The museum commented on the award, saying, “With a top score of 83.5 points, Corvette earned bragging rights by racking up the points within seven criteria including profit margin; labor; research and development; inventory, capital and other expenses; engine; transmission; and body, chassis and electrical components.”
The report itself and its beginning dates back to 2013, when Frank DuBois, an associate professor of the International Business Kogod School at American University in Washington, D.C., began searching for the vehicle that could be considered a truly “American” vehicle. However, not a vehicle could’ve been completely considered American made since the original Ford Model T because many parts are manufactured internationally. At the end of the survey, the Corvette was awarded first out of 544 vehicles, followed by the Chevrolet Volt. The scoring involved a numerical value attached to different areas and components to determine which vehicle would be labeled as “Most American.”
The scoring system was relatively straightforward and unambiguous. Basically, the more components created and manufactured in the United States, the more points were awarded to that vehicle. If the automaker’s headquarters were based in the U.S., it was awarded points and so on and so forth regarding labor, production, etc. Inventory, capital and other expenses added points if the vehicle was assembled in the United States. The largest factor in the research was whether or not the engine was produced in the U.S. The transmission and engine added seven extra points each. The body, chassis and electrical components made up fifty percent of the total vehicle score. At the end of the day, Chevy took home both top spots.
The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette is loved for its high-performance and overall speed, but the Chevy Volt is also enjoyed amongst consumers. It’s unmatched fuel efficiency, 43 mpg city and 42 highway mpg, make it a no-brainer when considering fuel efficient compact vehicles. The plug-in hybrid offers up to 53 electric emission-free miles and a total of 420 miles with a full charge and a full tank of gas. It’s hard to choose, though, over 755 horsepower packed, hand-assembled 6.2-Liter LT5 supercharged Corvette engine.