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Ford Ranger, Tesla models ride high in ‘American-Made’ vehicle index

Ford Motor Co.’s new Ranger truck topped a ranking of vehicles that contribute most to the U.S. economy, while three Tesla Inc. models placed in the top nine.

The two companies’ brands were absent from’s top 10 last year but stood out in the 2020 version of automotive site’s “American-Made Index.” Ford’s pickup and Tesla’s Model S, X and 3 all made their debut in the annual study.

“Tesla’s participation is one of the major developments this year,” said Kelsey Mays, senior editor of The electric vehicle maker fared well because it uses a lot of U.S.-sourced drivetrain components, and its U.S. vehicle assembly employs many workers, she said.

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