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








Honolulu, Hawaii No. 6 - Hawaii Photo by Dallas and John Heaton/Getty Images

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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Biden will target 50 percent of all vehicle sales for EVs by 2030.


In the last several months, we've seen automakers from all corners of the globe commit to some degree of electrification by the end of the decade and beyond. That includes the American Big Three: Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and Stellantis (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, others). Today, President Joe Biden plans to throw his weight behind these efforts by signing an executive order that sets a goal of pushing the sales of zero-emissions vehicles to half of all vehicle sales in the U.S. by 2030.

Biden's target is not legally binding, but the industry is already jumping on board. In a joint statement, Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis confirmed that they aim to hit an EV sales volume of 40-50 percent annually. It's worth noting that the President's 50 percent goal and the automakers' sales targets also include plug-in hybrid vehicles, which still use a traditional gasoline engine.

Jeep PHEV The target also includes plug-in hybrid vehicles, which still use gas engines.Jeep

Auto unions and dealers are not opposed to the ambitious roadmaps laid out by the Big Three, but both have differing views on what is essential and how things will ultimately play out. While aware of the goals, the UAW is focused on wage growth and the preservation of jobs and benefits. It feels that an increase in EV production volume must happen here in the U.S. to include good-paying American union jobs.

Dealers, to a degree, are supportive of the goals but skeptical of their ultimate success. Some feel that electric vehicles do not present the earth-shattering shift in functionality and usability that other new products, such as smartphones, did in different industries. Regardless of concerns and skepticism, it appears that automakers are going all-in on the shift to electrification, so we're bound to see a wealth of new battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the next few years.

GM battery facility rendering Automakers are pledging billions to increase EV and PHEV production volume.GM

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2022 Chevy COPO Camaro announced

Yes, that's a wheelie.


In the late 1960s, Chevrolet dealers realized that they could use the automaker's Central Office Production Orders (COPO) to spec the Camaro with a larger engine than was offered to everyday buyers. A legend was born, but it only ran for a year before being discontinued until 2012. The newest iterations of the car have run in extremely limited quantities each year, and Chevrolet has just announced updates made to the car for 2022.

New for 2022, the COPO Camaro gets a 572 cubic-inch V8 that features a casti-iron block, four-bolt main caps, aluminum heads, a forged steel crankshaft, forged steel connecting rods, and forged aluminum pistons. Pricing for the 572-equipped cars starts at $105,500 before destination.

2022 COPO Camaro The COPO will be available with a 572 cubic-inch V8.Chevrolet

Beyond the headline-grabbing 572, the drag strip-focused car will be offered with a pair of rowdy V8 engines. The COPO powertrain lineup includes a supercharged 350 cubic-inch V8 with 580 horsepower and a 427 cubic-inch V8 with 470 horsepower. All 2022 COPO Camaros get an ATI Racing Products TH400 three-speed automatic gearbox.

Production of the original COPO Camaro only ran for one year, but Chevy brought the car back in 2012. Production has continued since then, but only 69 cars have been built each year, a throwback to the original car's super-limited 69-car run. Since there are far more people wanting a car than there are actual cars, Chevrolet runs a lottery every November. The automaker says that thousands of people apply and the select few winners are notified in December that their purchase certificate is on the way.

2022 COPO Camaro Only 69 of the cars will be built.Chevrolet

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