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Manufacturing Economy

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 $74 billion. Last year alone, automakers and suppliers out-exported the aerospace industry by $20 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 13 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, eight out of the world’s top 25 corporate investors in research and development are automakers. GM and Ford each invest more each year on research and development than Boeing, Amgen and Google – 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.

Dec 11 2013
Ford Media Page

An independent survey published by KPMG ranks Ford among the 10 leading global companies for corporate responsibility reporting. KPMG’s sustainability survey adds to a wave of recognition for Ford’s sustainability commitment in 2013, a year that boasts record-breaking sales of electrified vehicles, significant reductions in water use across global operations and a broader integration of sustainable materials in all North American vehicles. For more information on Ford’s sustainability initiatives, please see Ford’s Blueprint for Sustainability.

Dec 11 2013
GM Media Page

Three General Motors vehicles – the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Silverado full-size pickup and Cadillac CTS sedan – were named finalists today for the prestigious North American Car and Truck of the Year awards, jurors announced at an Automotive Press Association luncheon.

The jury of 48 automotive journalists selected the car finalists from among 28 foreign and domestic contenders.

The Silverado was one of three finalists from 18 nominees in the Truck/Utilities category.  

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 10 2013
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. is adding more than 300 customer service workers at its Warren Tech Center, after closing a call center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is considering moving more call center jobs to the U.S. from another center in Philippines.

GM announced in March that it would move about 300 call center contract workers from various locations to Warren. The company wants to put the employees closer to people at GM, such as engineers, who can support and help them make quick decisions for customers.
 

Dec 10 2013
Written by Stephen Edelstein | Posted on The Christian Science Monitor

Someday, muscle-car enthusiasts might brag about kilowatts, not horsepower.

Future versions of the 2015 Ford Mustang, which was revealed last week, might possibly get diesel, hybrid, and even electric powertrains.

At the car's unveiling, Ford global powertrain chief Bob Fascetti told GoAuto that the Blue Oval is pondering all of these options, in an effort to make the Mustang greener.

Dec 09 2013
Written by C.C. Weiss | Posted on Gizmag

Ford revealed the all-new, sixth-generation Mustang last week in a four-content event encompassing major cities like Barcelona, New York and Shanghai. The global event supported the new pony car's more worldly focus. The latest Mustang drops the heavily retro influence of generation five in favor of a more modern look and feel. It also gets the latest technologies, including an EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo.