Then there is where the car is designed. Companies like Subaru and Kia–as well as many others–have design centers in the United States. A car from an import brand could be designed and built in the good ole’ U.S. of A. There is also the fact that cars are built of components that come from many different points abroad. And those locations can always change depending on the cost of labor and shipping fluctuations.
So at what point does a car from a brand that originates elsewhere sell cars that we can brand as fully American? Though ever-changing supplier and production location decisions by automakers–the general public will always have a hard time getting their heads around it.