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 07 2015

    Chevrolet Adds Odd Smartphone Feature to Cars

    Written by Chris Woodyard, | Posted on USA Today

    The auto industry, always trying to think of features that drivers didn't necessarily know they needed, has come up with a new one.

    General Motors has found that smartphone overheating is a problem. To solve it, Chevrolet is introducing "Active Phone Cooling." Basically, it's an air-conditioning vent for your smartphone. It's coming in the Impala and several other models.

  • Jul 07 2015

    Bask in Summer Sun with FCA Open Tops

    Written by Alison Derees | Posted on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Blog

    Now that summer has officially started, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the variety of open-air options from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Vehicles such as the iconic Jeep Wrangler, the all-new Jeep Renegade with My Sky, or the Fiat 500C and its open-air cockpit offer something for everyone.

With the warm temperatures and extra hours of daylight, there’s no better time to put the top down or open the sunroof and enjoy the ride.

Several FCA vehicles offer the chance to catch some sun on your face and the wind in your hair. Among them:


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  • Jul 06 2015

    Chevrolet Becomes 3rd Founding Partner of Daytona Rising

    Written by Godwin Kelly | Posted on Daytona Beach News-Journal

    Daytona Rising, which is transforming Daytona International Speedway's 55-year-old grandstand into the world's first motorsports stadium, reached another milestone Wednesday as Chevrolet came on board as a founding partner of the facility.

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  • Jul 02 2015

    The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Grows Up, Gets More Sophisticated

    Written by Matthew de Paula | Posted on Forbes

    The Chevrolet Cruze is maturing for 2016. An all-new version set to go on sale early next year is larger, lighter, more efficient and more sophisticated—basically, it’s more of everything.

    For decades cars have grown in size with each new generation, adding unwanted weight in the process. The first part is still true—cars keep getting bigger—but not the second part. Even as cars continue to grow in size—the new Cruze is 2.7 inches longer than its predecessor—they are also getting lighter, thanks to advancements in metallurgy and lightweight composites.

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  • Jul 02 2015

    Ford U.S. Sales Up on Strong Customer Demand for Newest Products

    | Posted on Ford Media

    Strong consumer demand for its newest products pushed Ford Motor Company total U.S. June sales 2 percent higher, to 225,647 vehicles sold.