Most Popular American Cars (and Trucks)

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During the 1960s and ‘70s vehicle imports rose in America, and due to the 1973 OPEC oil embargo sales of small, fuel-efficient imported cars began to flourish while Detroit-based automakers were still producing large, inefficient sedans and wagons. In the wake of that market shift, the sentiment to “Buy American” became an important factor to shoppers when searching for a new car. Although this principle remains important to some of today’s consumers, the truly American car has become more difficult to characterize thanks to economic globalization. Many European and Asian car companies build vehicles in America, while many so-called American car companies source parts and/or build vehicles overseas or in Mexico. In light of this ambiguity, let’s focus on the best-selling models from American brands, which include names such as Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, Ram and Jeep. Vehicles are listed based on U.S. sales during the first quarter of 2019, as reported by auto manufacturers.

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