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This month s news of Ford Focus production shifting to China was met with only muted dismay, but in an age of truly global production lines how much of the Focus was American to begin with? The Focus didn t even break into the top 10 of Cars.com s 2017 list of the most American cars made, well before its departure for the Middle Kingdom was announced.
In fact, the annual American-Made Index criteria received its first-ever revision this year, due to the increasingly global nature of car production: Cars.com had to change the way it calculates the list in response to ever-dropping percentages of domestically-produced components.
Over the AMI s 11-year history, the number of models meeting our original criteria has fallen due to the globalization of automobile manufacturing — from more than 60 vehicles in the AMI s inaugural year to eight last year, the researchers said. By the original requirements, only three 2017 models would have qualified this year.