IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Car shoppers may not be shocked to find out that six of the 10 best-selling vehicles in the country are from foreign automakers, but they might be pleasantly surprised to learn that all 10 are made in America, according to Kelley Blue Book, www.kbb.com, the leading provider of new car and used car information.
"Coming off the heels of election week when many Americans celebrate democracy and patriotism, we thought new-car shoppers would be happy to learn that many popular models with foreign nameplates are actually made right here in the United States," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. "German, Japanese and Korean automakers continue to build more vehicles stateside. The made-in-the-USA standouts on our list all feature birthplaces in the American Midwest or South."
Below is a sample selection of vehicles and editorial commentary from KBB.com's 10 Cars You Didn't Know Were Made in America:
2013 BMW X3
In conjunction with a redesign for 2011, BMW X3 production was relocated from Austria to Spartanburg, South Carolina. The second-generation X3 is both larger and more luxurious than its predecessor.
2013 Honda Accord
Maybe the least surprising entry on this list, the Accord was the very first Japanese car to be built and sold in the United States, and since 1982 Honda has built more than nine million Accords in Marysville, Ohio. You can see the very first one at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.
2013 Hyundai Sonata
One of KBB.com's 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000, the boldly styled, feature-rich Hyundai Sonata is built in Montgomery, Alabama, and continues to win new fans for the brand.
2013 Toyota Camry
The best-selling car in America is built in Toyota's largest plant outside of Japan, located in Georgetown, Kentucky. Comfortable, reliable and affordable, the Toyota Camry has been the most popular car in the United States every year since 2001.
2013 Volkswagen Passat
What better place to build a German sedan than Chattanooga, Tennessee? Actually, while the European driving feel remains, the newest Passat was designed specifically for American tastes. Now larger and more affordable, the Passat passed its previous annual sales high-water mark in September.
For the remaining five vehicles and corresponding editorial commentary, please visit http://www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/10-cars-made-in-america/.
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