Manufacturing Economy


The auto industry is America’s largest exporter. Over the past six years, automakers and suppliers have exported over $775 billion worth of vehicles and parts. They beat the next best performing sector (aerospace) by $125 billion. Last year alone, automakers and suppliers out-exported the aerospace industry by $6 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 more than 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 734,000 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 HP, Boeing, and AT&T – 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 auto supplier.

Market Share vs. Jobs Share vs. Parts Share




  • Jul 17 2015

    Chevrolet Presents Silverado Midnight Edition to All-Star Game MVP Mike Trout

    | Posted on GM News

    The 2015 MLB All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, Mike Trout, chose a Silverado Midnight Edition during the MVP award ceremony presented by Chevrolet at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Tuesday night.

    Chevrolet gave Trout, who hit a home run on the fourth pitch of the game and scored another run in the American League’s 6-3 victory, his choice between the sixth-generation Camaro Convertible and a Silverado Midnight Edition.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jul 16 2015

    GMC Shows Off Refreshed 2016 Sierra Pickups

    Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

    General Motors Co. on Wednesday showed off its refreshed 2016 GMC Sierra pickup through social media, a truck that gets a new front face and grilles and bumpers, plus new LED lighting elements.

    GMC said exterior styling is the top reason for purchasing the truck. It adds LED "C-shaped" daytime running lights, LED headlights, LED fog lamps and "C-shaped" LED taillights.

    The 2016 Sierra will be available in the fourth quarter and GM said more details and information about the truck will be released "in the coming months."

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jul 16 2015

    Ford Confirms it Will Build Lincoln Continental in Michigan Plant

    Written by Nick Bunkley | Posted on Automotive News

    The Lincoln Continental, which Ford Motor Co. is bringing back to life next year to replace the slow-selling MKS sedan, will be assembled in Flat Rock, Mich., Ford said today.

    The Flat Rock plant, where the Mustang sports car and Fusion sedan are also assembled, will build the Continental for export to China and other markets, in addition to the U.S., a Ford spokeswoman said.

    “Good news for Flat Rock plant — future home of the all-new Lincoln Continental, which will be exported to the world and keep jobs at home!” U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., wrote on Twitter.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jul 15 2015

    Transit Celebrations 2015 – 50th Anniversary

    | Posted on Ford Media

    50th anniversary in 2015, marking five decades of loyal service to businesses around the world.

    Since the first vehicle left the production line in Langley, England, on August 9, 1965, almost 8 million examples of the larger Transit and Transit Custom models have been built, as the Transit has grown from a single model to an entire family of Ford Transit commercial vehicles.


    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Jul 15 2015

    GM details $1.4B in Upgrades to Arlington SUV Plant

    Written by Korri Kezar | Posted on Dallas Business Journal

    A $1.4 billion overhaul will expand General Motors Corp.'s (NYSE: GM) Arlington plant to nearly 4.5 times its size when it opened 61 years ago.

    The project will add 1.2 million square feet to the factory’s 4.375 million square feet across 250 acres. The facility will also be outfitted with new equipment, machinery and tools, as well as training for the 4,100 employees who create 280,270 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade SUVs each year.