Michiganders buy the most American vehicles of any state

No. 31 - Michigan
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Every year, Cars.com releases a study on the most and least American-made vehicles on sale. This year's top three include the Tesla Model 3 at number 1, the Ford Mustang at number 2, and the Tesla Model Y at number 3. iSeeCars, a Massachusetts-based auto research firm followed the Cars.com report with data of their own, but this time the results are broken down by state. The iSeeCars study looked at the states whose residents bought the largest number of vehicles from an American brand, and the results are pretty much in line with what most would expect.

It shouldn't be a surprise to see that Michigan topped the list of states with the most American vehicles. The state is home to Detroit and is the spiritual epicenter of the auto industry for anyone who loves American cars. Rounding out the top ten states, we see:


2.South Dakota

3.North Dakota








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On the other end of the spectrum, the states whose residents buy the least American vehicles are:

40. Washington

41. Oregon

42. Nevada

43. Virginia

44. Florida

45. Maryland

46. Massachusetts

47. New Jersey

48. Connecticut

49. California

50. Hawaii

The study was conducted using 4.4 million cars that were sold between January 1 and June 12, 2021. The vehicles analyzed were from model years between 2016 and 2020, and were judged based on their brand names. American brands such as Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Jeep, Lincoln, Ram, and Tesla were used.

It's important to remember, however, that it's not always easy or accurate to judge automakers on their brand names. Most have significant manufacturing presences in the United States, blurring the line between what is, and isn't, American-made. That means that, even though many of these states have a large portion of residents driving American-branded cars, there may be a foreign brand vehicle in the same driveway with more American-made parts.

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Tesla is known for being unpredictable, so today’s news is not totally shocking, despite being extremely cool. The automaker released a new vehicle today, but not for use on the road, and not for use by grownups. The Cyberquad for Kids landed today with a sophisticated feature set and a very adult price tag of $1,900.

The Cyberquad for Kids checks in at 122 pounds and can carry a person that weighs as much as 150 pounds. Two forward speeds include 5 and 10 mph settings, and reverse can reach 5 mph. Depending on the rider’s weight and speed, the Cyberquad for Kids can travel up to 15+ miles on a charge. Tesla says that an empty battery can take up to five hours to fully recharge.

A full steel frame underpins the quad, and though it’s being pitched for kids, the ATV features adjustable suspension, rear disk brakes, LED light bars, and a cushioned seat. The futuristic EV looks almost identical to the larger Cyberquad we saw during the initial Cybertruck demonstration.

A thorough set of assembly and troubleshooting directions are available on Tesla’s site, but despite the Cyberquad for Kids’ complexity, don’t get any ideas about using it on the street. Tesla recommends using it on sidewalks and for stunts, but I think we’re all looking forward to the eventual tidal wave of YouTube videos this thing is going to generate.

Tesla Cyberquad for Kids Kids 8 years and older, and up to 150 pounds can ride. Tesla

If you’re hoping to get a Cyberquad for Kids, you might be out of luck. Though it only launched today, it’s already out of stock. There’s no word on if more will become available. Those that were lucky enough to snag one should start receiving them in early 2022.

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Hyundai announces pricing for 2022 Kona N

The Kona N is price right at $35,425.


Hyundai is hard at work developing new electric vehicles, and has released some truly interesting electric concepts in recent months. However, the automaker’s efforts in the electric world haven’t stopped it from rolling out fun-to-drive and affordable performance vehicles under its N brand. Today, Hyundai announced pricing for the latest vehicle in the series. The Kona N will go on sale soon with a reasonable starting price of $35,425, which includes a $1,225 destination charge.

2022 Hyundai Kona N One well-equipped model will be available.Hyundai

The Kona N joins Hyundai’s high-performance stable that also includes the Veloster N and Elantra N, though the latter hasn’t yet hit the streets. The hot crossover gets the same output numbers from its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder as the Elantra N: 276 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque. The Veloster gets 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. That rowdy four-banger is paired with an eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission.

Hyundai’s full-on N cars get plenty of other go-fast bits to keep them planted in corners and stable at higher speeds. The Kona N gets an electronic limited-slip differential, an active sport exhaust system, electronically controlled suspension, and 19-inch wheels with Pirelli P-Zero performance tires.

2022 Hyundai Kona N Aggressive wheels and tires help keep the Kona N planted in corners.Hyundai

Hyundai generally knocks it out of the park with value, and the Kona N is no exception. Its modest price tag buys a generous helping of advanced driver aids in addition to its exciting specs. Standard features include forward collision warnings, lane keep assist, lane following assist, driver attention warnings, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and a safe exit warning system.

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