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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.

Nov 07 2013
Chrysler Media Page

The Ram Truck brand and Chrysler Group LLC's Southeast Business Center (SEBC) continue to highlight the Year of the Farmer on November 9 by promoting farming and agriculture in the football arena.

Nov 07 2013
Written by James R. Healey | Posted on USA Today

General Motors says it's expanding an online car-buying program that could all-but-eliminate a need to shop in a dealership showroom.

Emphasizing that the dealer still must administer the sale -- which could be done outside the dealership -- GM says its Shop-Click-Drive setup is rolling out to all 4,300 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealers in the U.S.. starting today.

Nov 07 2013
Written by Mark Phelan | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Chrysler will revive a couple of favorites from the muscle car’s heyday at the SEMA show for car customizers in Las Vegas this week.

A range of Dodge cars and trucks will feature Scat Pack performance upgrades or Shaker hoods. The Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association show, which draws hundreds of tuners who customize vehicles’ looks and performance, is the biggest event of the year for Chrysler’s Mopar parts division, Mopar chief Pietro Gorlier said.

Nov 06 2013
Written by Chris Woodyard | Posted on USA Today

Ford has become the latest automaker to create its own Hot Wheels vehicle, this time using a 2014 Transit Connect.

There's something about the Mattel toy cars that always attract automakers wanting to turn the toy into the real thing. Maybe its Hot Wheels' popularity, with 4 billion produced since it was created in 1968.

Nov 06 2013
Written by Jake Lingeman | Posted on Autoweek

Dodge and Mopar are bringing the Shaker hood back from the dead at the 2013 SEMA Show. The blurry-lettered scoop and high-flow air filter will make their next appearance on the 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker in Las Vegas. The company will also show off its new Scat Pack upgrades and its annual Mopar vehicles.