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From research labs to dealership lots, the auto sector supports nearly 8 million U.S. jobs. Exports. The auto industry is America’s largest exporter. Over the past six years, automakers and suppliers have exported nearly $600 billion worth of vehicles and parts. They beat the next best performing sector (aerospace) by $143 billion. Last year alone, automakers and suppliers out-exported the aerospace industry by $17 billion.

Raw Materials and Parts.
The U.S. auto industry is one of the largest consumers of domestic raw materials and parts. Last year, automakers sold nearly 17 million cars in the U.S., and each contained between 8,000 to 12,000 parts, using more than 3,000 pounds of iron, steel, rubber, glass and semiconductors. Approximately 686,000 Americans work at the plants, offices and research labs that produce those parts and materials.

American Research & Development.
Designing those 8,000 to 12,000 auto parts and helping put them together makes autos among the most engineering-intensive industries in the world. In fact, seven out of the world’s top 25 corporate investors in research and development are automakers. General Motors and Ford each invest more each year on research and development than IBM, Qualcomm, and General Electric – and 80 cents of every dollar they invest in research and development is spent here in the U.S. Thanks largely to this investment, nearly one in 10 engineers and scientists in private sector R&D work for an automaker or supplier.

From research labs to dealership lots, the auto sector supports over 7 million U.S. jobs.

Exports:

The auto industry is America’s largest exporter. Over the past six years, automakers and suppliers have exported over $706 billion worth of vehicles and parts. They beat the next best performing sector (aerospace) by $104 billion. Last year alone, automakers and suppliers out-exported the aerospace industry by $17 billion.

Raw Materials and Parts:

The U.S. auto industry is one of the largest consumers of domestic raw materials and parts. Last year, automakers sold nearly 17 million cars in the U.S., and each contained between 8,000 to 12,000 parts, using more than 3,000 pounds of iron, steel, rubber, glass and semiconductors. Approximately 686,000 Americans work at the plants, offices and research labs that produce those parts and materials.

American Research & Development:

Designing those 8,000 to 12,000 auto parts and helping put them together makes autos among the most engineering-intensive industries in the world. In fact, seven out of the world’s top 25 corporate investors in research and development are automakers. FCA US, Ford and General Motors each invest more each year on research and development than IBM, Qualcomm, and General Electric – and 80 cents of every dollar they invest in research and development is spent here in the U.S. Thanks largely to this investment, nearly one in 10 engineers and scientists in private sector R&D work for an automaker or supplier.

Market Share vs. Jobs Share vs. Parts Share


Apr 26 2016
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Toledo will mark the 75th anniversary of Jeep with a daylong celebration on Aug. 13 to commemorate the brand's role in World War II, its heritage in Toledo and its future as an SUV brand that continues to expand globally.

The Toledo Jeep Fest will include a parade supported by the U.S. military, indoor and outdoor car shows, historic displays, live bands and food vendors.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Apr 26 2016
Written by GM Authority Staff | Posted on GM Authority

On the outside, the 2017 Silverado 1500 loses three colors while gaining two new ones:

Deleted Colors
Slate Grey Metallic
Tungston Metallic
Autumn Bronze Metallic
New Colors
Graphite Metallic
Pepperdust Metallic

Rounding out the changes to the exterior is the addition of capless fuel fill system as a standard feature across every model and trim level, with the exception of trucks ordered as pickup box delete; those models will continue having the capped fuel fill.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Apr 13 2016
FCA US Media

NBCUniversal today announced a wide reaching partnership with Chrysler brand, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment to launch the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and Illumination and Universal's "The Secret Life of Pets," which arrives in theatres July 8.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Apr 13 2016
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Ford unveiled sweeping plans today to redevelop dozens of buildings in Dearborn that house more than 30,000 employees in a project that will transform the automaker's presence in the city into two distinct campuses over the next 10 years.

The project, which represents an investment estimated at more than $1.2 billion, is intended to give Ford's employees the work environment and technology necessary to design and develop cars of the future.

In some ways, the massive project, in planning for more than three years, is long overdue.

Mar 31 2016
Written by Aaron Turpen | Posted on GizMag

The term "jeep" is filled with history and connotations in the American vernacular and has become universal for any vehicle that can traverse rough landscapes. The Jeep brand, of course, has been around for generations and when most people hear "Jeep" they think of the Wrangler, the direct descendant of the Willy's Jeeps of the Second World War.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy