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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.

Sep 10 2013
GM News

DETROIT – The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic is available with even more advanced-safety features, including a rear-vision camera, Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Departure Warning.

When activated, Forward Collision Alert warns drivers if they are approaching a vehicle too quickly. Lane Departure Warning gives an alert when the vehicle veers from a marked roadway lane. The rear-vision camera, enabled by the Chevrolet MyLink’s 7-inch digital touch-screen, helps give drivers a clearer view of stationary objects behind the vehicle.

Sep 10 2013
GM News

DETROIT – The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and High Country and the GMC Sierra and Sierra Denali 1500, available this fall, with a 6.2L V-8 produces an SAE-certified 420 horsepower (at 5600 rpm) and 460 lb-ft of torque (at 4100 rpm), the most power of any pickup engine and torque of any light duty pickup truck engine.

The 6.2L V-8 available for Silverado LTZ and High Country and Sierra SLT and Denali models also delivers class-leading maximum available trailering capacity of 12,000 pounds when properly equipped.

Sep 06 2013
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on MLive

DEARBORN, MI- Ford Motor Co. is boosting production of its smallest EcoBoost engine, which will be offered domestically later this year.

The Dearborn-based automaker Thursday announced it is doubling the output of the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine to more than 1,000 engines a day at its engine plant in Cologne, Germany. This will increase projected production capacity this year to 165,000 engines from 100,000 engines, and to 200,000 engines in 2014.

Sep 05 2013

Buffalo, N.Y. ( — At General Motors’ Tonawanda Engine Plant in Buffalo, N.Y., a $400 million investment in advanced manufacturing techniques will allow the company to produce 1,000 Gen 5 Small Block engines daily — a 4.3L V-6, 5.3L V-8 and two variants of a 6.2L V-8. The new engines will power nine GM models by 2015, starting with the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, plus the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

Production began at the Tonawanda plant began in 1938, with an emphasis on high-performance engines for vintage Chevrolet muscle cars and Corvettes. It is also the birthplace of the Small Block engine, which went into production in 1955. This year, the plant will build its 71 millionth engine, which currently includes the Ecotec 2.0L Turbo and 2.5L engines that power the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2013 Cadillac ATS.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Sep 05 2013
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Wednesday it has started production on the fifth generation of small-block engines — including the 6.2-liter V-8 LT1 that powers the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray — at its Tonawanda Engine Plant in Buffalo, N.Y. The new work has more than doubled employment at the factory since 2009.

GM announced in April 2010 it would invest $400 million in the plant to build the new engines. The funding brought advanced manufacturing tools to the plant to build four small-block variants on the same assembly line. The Detroit-based automaker said the plant by 2015 will produce small-block engines for nine GM models.


Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy