2012 Toyota Camry: Most American Car?

August 25, 2011
2012 Toyota Camry XLE

2012 Toyota Camry XLE

With all the news about the “reinvented” 2012 Toyota Camry that the automaker just introduced with great fanfare, one item that may resonate for many consumers is a statement by several Toyota officials that Camry is the “most American made.”

In the global reveal of the redesigned 2012 Camry, Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division, said that the current Camry has not only been the best-selling car in America for nine straight years and 13 of the past 14 years, “Camry also tops several lists as the most American-made car.”

Echoing this sentiment, and filling it out a bit, was Wil James, president of Toyota North America’s Georgetown, Kentucky assembly plant, one of two North American assembly plants that builds the Camry. “More than 80 percent of the parts that go into the Camry come from American suppliers so this vehicle alone is responsible for a lot of jobs across the United States.”

To get a better perspective on how a vehicle is considered to have American content and thus be considered most American-made, see coverage in TheCarConnection here. Briefly, however, what it boils down to is the federal government’s annual U.S./Canadian parts-content figures. These are the numbers posted on new-vehicle window stickers in accordance with the American Automobile Labeling Act (AALA).

North American content is not dependent on final assembly location. But it is worth noting, picking up on James’ mention of U.S. jobs, that all four-cylinder and V-6 Camry models will be built at either the company's Kentucky plant, or at the Indiana assembly plant it shares with Subaru. The 2012 Camry Hybrid will be built in either Kentucky or in Japan.

As our sister publication, TheCarConnection, points out, Toyota says that the gasoline version of the 2012 Camry will have 92-percent-sourced North American parts, while the Hybrid will come in at 59 percent. That still gives the Camry line overall an estimated combined AALA number of 89 percent.

The proof will be out in the 2012 AALA report, due out sometime later this year. When it is available, we’ll be sure to bring you up-to-date.


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