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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.

Jan 15 2014
Chrysler Media Page

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 transforms what customers expect in a mid-size sedan. Thanks to Mopar, customers will have the power to transform the Chrysler 200 even more – right when it arrives in showrooms. To highlight a few of the more than 45 Mopar parts and accessories available right at launch to enhance the sedan, the Mopar brand will showcase a modified 2015 Chrysler 200 in its expanded display at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Mich., January 13–26.

Jan 14 2014
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co.’s Cadillac brand on Tuesday is set to showcase its newest offering and first compact luxury coupe: the 2015 ATS Coupe.

The U.S. automaker and its growing luxury brand said the sporty and elegant ATS Coupe will arrive in showrooms this summer, complete with a new and updated Cadillac crest — the first production Cadillac to wear it.

Jan 14 2014
Written by Associated Press | Posted on Washington Post

DETROIT — Some call it a game-changer. Some just shake their heads. Either way, Ford’s new aluminum-clad F-150 is such a radical departure from past pickup trucks that it dominated talk at the opening of the Detroit auto show.

Ford Motor Co. unveiled the 2015 F-150, whose body is 97-percent aluminum, on Monday. The lighter material shaves as much as 700 pounds off the 5,000-pound truck, a revolutionary change for a vehicle known for its heft and an industry still reliant on steel. No other vehicle on the market contains this much aluminum.

Jan 13 2014
Written by DEE-ANN DURBIN and TOM KRISHER / AP Auto Writers | Posted on Boston.com

Ford pickups have been doing the country’s work for 66 years. They've hauled grain, towed logs and plowed snow. They've cleared debris after tornadoes and pulled floats in the Rose Bowl parade.

They've shouldered those loads with parts forged from steel. Until now.

Jan 13 2014
Written by Mark Phelan | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Ford aims to reinvent the pickup before most people are even in the office today, and that’s just the start of the news coming from the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit