The story

With the top U.S. automakers in economic survival mode, "Buy American" is a frequent cry among those trying to save jobs at home.

But buying a car to benefit the U.S. economy has become an ambiguous, complicated challenge.

"How you define an American car is one of the great conundrums of this world," said Dutch Mandel, the editor and associate publisher of AutoWeek. Read full article »

CNN's Jason Hanna and Brad Lendon contributed to this report.

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