The Top 10 American Cars Sold Abroad
All-American image helps drive sales overseas for U.S. automakers.
American cars have been sold the world over since the early part of the 20th century. Some models are simply exported from the United States. Many more are built in the countries, or in the same geographic region, where they are purchased. Regardless of where these machines are manufactured, they are still perceived as being all-American.
Why? Because they have a name associated with the land of the free and home of the brave. So what are the most popular American autos overseas? We dug up some overseas sales numbers and came up with the following list.
10. Dodge Journey
Sales overseas: 17,680 units
The Journey is one of Chrysler's best model lines, and it's selling decently in Europe, albeit in modest numbers. There it is rendered in the familiar SE, SXT and R/T trims but skips the all-wheel drive available on the SXT and R/T trims in America. European buyers must also forsake the brawny V6 engine available on this side of the pond. Instead, they can have their pick of the gasoline-powered 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with a standard manual gearbox, or a turbodiesel 2.0-liter engine, which is rated at 38 mpg on the Euro cycle, and add a Getrag dual-clutch automated gearbox. Now there's a combo we want.
Sales overseas: 18,035 units
The Wrangler is the direct descendent of the most recognized vehicle in world history: the military jeep. Its sales got a shot in the arm with the introduction of the 4-door Unlimited trim, a first for the Wrangler family. Built on a 20-inch-longer wheelbase, it brought a substantial measure of additional civility to the ride and added greatly to the rugged Jeep's practicality in terms of rear passenger room and cargo volume. The addition of a diesel engine also made the Wrangler much more attractive to European buyers.
8. Buick Regal
Sales overseas: 64,585 units
The all-new Buick Regal sedan was launched in China in December 2008, mere days after its sister car, the Opel Insignia, was crowned European Car of the Year. The Regal has since topped its class in J.D. Power and Associates' Asia-Pacific APEAL study. Sales have remained brisk, helping GM become the first global carmaker to sell 2 million vehicles in China in a single year. The sleek Regal offers buyers there the choice between 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter naturally aspirated Ecotec engines or between 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged engines, the latter with direct injection.
Sales overseas: 71,833 units
The born-again Camaro made its way back to the often wide-open roads of the Middle East last year, after a 7-year eclipse. The available engines are a 3.6-liter 304-horsepower direct-injection V6 or the 6.2-liter V8 that cranks out 426 horses with the 6-speed manual transmission or 400 ponies with the 6-speed automatic gearbox. The big coupe will also be exported to Europe in the fall of 2011, but with only the V8s. It is already offered in Japan, alongside the similarly spectacular Corvette. Both cars must appear otherworldly in a country where space is at an absolute premium.
Sales overseas: 124,252 units
The Buick brand has long been revered in China, a status that dates to the first half of the 20th century, when government officials and the country's last emperor chose its cars over prestige marques such as Rolls-Royce. With the country's fast-growing affluence, Buicks are increasingly popular, and the all-new LaCrosse, built on a stretched version of GM's Global Midsize platform, leads the way. Introduced in late 2009, it was chosen as Car of the Year in China. It is powered by the 2.4-liter Ecotec engine, or buyers can select a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder or a 3.0-liter direction-injection V6.
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oh yeah forgot to let you know that the canadian govt ownes a hefty majority of GM.
Since when was 10% a "hefty" majority?
It's ok Jason. Math is hard.
Jason, the Camaro is ASSEMBLED in Canada, but you seem to ignore, or want to ignore where the pieces and parts are actually built.
Please source the statement that most of the parts are mexican and chinese, because that is total BS.
Camaro 3rd Party Suppliers:
- Electrocoat - PPG
- Backlight - Pilkington
- Roof Antenna - Laird
- Sunroof - Inalfa Roof Systems
- Radio - Panasonic
- Interior Auto Dimming Mirror - Gentex
- Trunk Release Switch - Omron
- Instrument Panel Adhesive - Tesa Tape
- Head-Up Display - Yazaki North America
- Windshield Surround - Checkers Motors
- Weather Seals Slip-Coat - G.B.I.E.
- Backing Plate - Hoerbiger Drivetrain
- Bracket Front Fender - Namco
- Hood Insulator - M.A.P. of Easton
- Quick Connect Systems - Jiffy-Tite
- Exhaust Manifold - Wescast
- Crank Sensor - Mitsubishi Electric
- Sealing (V-6 Models) - Dana
- Power Steering Pump - Koyo
- Pistons - Federal-Mogul
- Engine Oil Pump - Stackpole
- Fuel Diagnostic Valve - Schrader-Bridgeport
- Fuel Lines - Cooper-Standard Martinrea
- Heat Shields - ElringKlinger
- Top Mount - Vibracoustic
- Coil Spings - ArvinMeritor
- Brake Lines - Martinrea
- Nanoceramic Coating - Henkel
- Tire Pressure Sensor - Schrader Electronics
- Propshaft Flange - Hirschvogel Umformtechnik
- Passenger Airbag - Autoliv
- Side Airbag Module - TK Holdings
- Rocker Panels - Wagon Automotive
- Propshaft - Rotorion North America
- Transmission Oil Valve Element - Stant
- Transmission Bearings - INA
- Seat Frames - Faurecia
- Manual Lumbar Support - Leggett & Platt Automotive
- Rear Drive Module - American Axle
- Outside Handles - Adac Automotive
- Rear Brake System - Brembo
- Exhaust Pipe Connector - Norma Group
- Rear Quarter Regulators (coupe) - Kuester Automotive Door Systems
- Exhaust Tip - Valor Manufacturing
- Fuel and Fluid Tubes - Delfingen
- Fuel-Tank Control Unit - Hella
- Rear Quarter Regulators (conv) - Kuester Automotive Door Systems
- Rar Spoiler - ABC Group
- Tulip Panel (conv) Continental Structural Plastics
- Trunk Trim System - Detroit Technologies
- Basecoat - BASF
Everything else is made by GM and mostly in the states, the car is Holden based (Austrailia).
You seem to know very little about the Camaro to be posting like you do.
You know, if you could buy an Airbus 380 with GE engines, it would have more American content than anything else, regardless of the fact that it is ASSEMBLED in the EU. Big difference.
Snowdog, thanks for that supplier listing. Problem is, it goes against what you are claiming. Seemingly half the suppliers on that list are not US companies. Panasonic, Koyo, Mitsubishi, Yazaki, Henkel, Brembo, Hella, Continental....
And even the companies that are US-based: no assurance they didn't produce the components outside the States.
Ok, America includes Canada and Mexico (North America). So this is an American car.
Also not sure where your getting your info. snowdog, but most of these companies mfg the parts in the US. PPG, Omron, Yazaki (notice it says North America, they use to be made at Delphi who charged way too much), Dana, Henkel Chemical (I use to buy from them), just to name a few are all in the United States and employ US personnel. There are a very few suppliers listed that are not in the US (manufacturing site). Yes some are in Canada.
Take Magnesium suppliers. They are in Canada because the US is trying to protect one magnesium supplier in the states called US Magnesium, who employs very few people, so suppliers move to Canada so they can get their Mag at a cheaper rate (goes for silicon and other raw materials), so our own government creates the problem in some cases.
The move isn't into Mexico lately since power, materials, etc.. are too expensive in that region (except labor), you are seeing a move out of Mexico. GM has more US built content in their cars then any other manufacturer.