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The full-frame pickup truck is one of Detroit’s signature vehicles, but an increasing number are assembled south of the border. Both Ram and General Motors assemble some half-ton trucks in Mexico, and Ram builds every heavy-duty truck there too. Ford still assembles all its full-frame trucks in the U.S., but the Maverick is assembled in Mexico. Read on to find out where your truck was made.

Where are Ram trucks assembled?

Ram assembles every heavy-duty pickup truck in Saltillo, Mexico. It also assembles certain Ram 1500 Classics in Saltillo as well. Every fifth-generation Ram 1500 is assembled in Michigan, though all their V8 Hemi engines are from Mexico.

Ram 1500 in Saltillo | Stellantis

Chrysler Corporation first moved some manufacturing to Saltillo in the 1950s. Today, Saltillo is one of Stellantis‘ largest facilities. It has also earned awards for maintaining the Chrysler Corporation’s highest build quality.

In addition to every Hemi V8 and every heavy-duty Ram truck, Saltillo assembles the Ram ProMaster Van. So it builds some Ram 1500 Classics (newly-built fourth-generation trucks), namely regular cab configurations, which may be more popular in Mexico.

Ram builds models in Saltillo exclusively for the Mexican market, such as the Ram 700 compact pickup or the Ram 4000 with its manual transmission.

Where are Chevy and GMC trucks assembled?

General Motors still assembles most pickup trucks in the U.S. Only some of its current Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500s are built in Mexico.

Chevrolet logo | Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

General Motors builds the rest of its half-ton pickup trucks in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This includes both the Sierra and Silverado. If you opt for a heavy-duty Sierra or Silverado, this truck will come from Flint, Michigan. GM has also expanded to “medium-duty” industrial trucks and is selling rebadged Navistar chassis-cabs built in Springfield, Ohio.

The GMC Canyon/Chevrolet Colorado is a full-frame, midsize pickup truck assembled in Wentzville, Missouri. In addition, 61% of its components are built in the U.S. or Canada. In fact, the Kogod School of Business ranks the gasoline-powered configurations of the Colorado and Canyon as the most American-made pickup truck.

Which trucks are assembled in the U.S.A?

The most “American-made” pickup trucks include the GMC Canyon/Chevrolet Colorado, Honda Ridgeline, and Ford F-150. The Toyota Tundra and every Nissan are also assembled in the U.S.A.

You can see where many of the pickup trucks on the market are assembled in the table below:

Truck NameAssembly Plant
Honda RidgelineLincoln, Alabama
Ford MaverickHermosillo, Mexico
Ford F-150Dearborn, Michigan/Kansas City, Missouri
Ford Super DutyAvon Lake, Ohio/Louisville, Kentucky
Chevrolet Colorado/GMC CanyonWentzville, Missouri
Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500Fort Wayne, Indiana/Silao, Mexico
Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra HDFlint, Michigan
Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra Medium DutySpringfield, Ohio
Ram 1500Sterling Heights, Michigan
Ram 1500 ClassicWarren, Michigan/Saltillo, Mexico
Ram heavy-dutySaltillo, Mexico
Jeep GladiatorToledo, Ohio
Toyota TacomaSan Antonio, Texas/Baja California, Mexico
Toyota TundraSan Antonio, Texas
Nissan Frontier & TitanCanton, Mississippi

So there you have it, the Detroit automakers moving some full-frame truck assembly to Mexico. If you want to know where the manufacturer made your truck, check its VIN. A 1, 4, or 5 means the U.S.A. A 2 signifies Canada, while 3 stands for Mexico.

Next, read whether the Ford F-150 or Toyota Tundra is more American-made, or find out how American your vehicle is in the video below: