Back in your parent's day, Toyota was considered a far cry from an American automaker. Today, however, Toyota Motors North America is its own division, led by Illinois-native Jim Lentz, and it builds more cars here in the United States than some Detroit-based rivals.

While there are still advantages to buying an American-brand vehicle, when it comes to manufacturing jobs, the Toyota Camry supports more in the U.S. than any other model, according to the 2016 American-Made Index.

The Camry is built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) in Georgetown, Toyota's largest North American plant. TMMK employs nearly 8,000 full-time workers, and about 6,000 of those are directly supported by the Camry. The Kentucky-based manufacturing plant also produces axles, steering components, cylinder heads, crankshafts, and more, and also assembles the Avalon and Avalon Hybrid.

"This recognition from is a tribute to Toyota employees, not only those at the plant who build the Camry, but the broader Toyota team who design, engineer, market and finance the vehicle in the United States," said Bob Carter, Toyota senior vice president of automotive operations. "We also support local suppliers and economies, and we have invested more than $6 billion into our Kentucky operations alone, which is growing with our new production engineering campus under construction there."

At Toyota of Somerset, we think it's a big honor to have the Camry ranked as the number-one most American-made car for the second year in a row by, and to see the Toyota Sienna minivan also appear on the list. We hope you'll stop by and browse our inventory in the hunt for your next vehicle.

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