People who believe the United States no longer manufactures anything need to check out the newest Consumer Reports “Best Cars” list. The magazine recently selected the top cars for 2011 in 10 categories. Five “best models” are made in the USA, three in Japan, one in Canada, and one in Mexico.
|Family Sedan||Nissan||Altima||Smyrna, TN and Canton, MS|
|Small Car||Hyundai||Elantra||Montgomery, AL|
|Family SUV||Kia||Sorento||West Point, GA|
|Sporty Car||Ford||Mustang||Flat Rock, MI|
|Family Hauler||Toyota||Sienna||Princeton, IN|
Four of the made-in-the-USA models carry foreign nameplates; by contrast, the one Chevy on the list is made in Mexico.
The Consumers Reports list shows that U.S. workers are able to make the best products in the world. It also serves as a reminder of the benefits of international investment. According to the Organization for International Investment, U.S. divisions of foreign companies like Nissan, Hyundai, and Toyota employ 5.6 million Americans and provide 13 percent of U.S. manufacturing jobs.