Talking Cars 366: What Is an American Car?

It's a complicated answer in today's global manufacturing environment

Main theme: We tackle a tough question: What does it mean for a car to be considered “American?" Does it have to be built here? Should it come from a company based in the U.S.? So many questions, but no easy answers.

We also searched for a few examples of what we consider the most American car of all time, with each of us weighing in with our picks. But it isn’t just us talking, as we also asked for your feedback. And here’s a teaser: There are no unanimous answers to these questions.

Talking Cars 366 panel
"Talking Cars" panelists Jen Stockburger, Mike Quincy, and Keith Barry.

Photo: Consumer Reports Photo: Consumer Reports

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Mike Quincy

My automotive journalism career started when I was hired by David E. Davis Jr. at Automobile Magazine in 1989. I joined Consumer Reports in 1993 and started working at our test track full time in 2001. I’ve purchased over 100 cars for testing and received high-performance driving training from Jackie Stewart and at the Skip Barber Racing School. Non-automotive pursuits include long-distance bike riding, homemade pizza, and old-school martinis.