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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.

Feb 03 2014
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

With its three Super Bowl commercials, Chrysler once again logged a performance that will be talked about as inspirational and hotly debated.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, General Motors and Ford all saved at least one of their Super Bowl ads for the big game instead of releasing them in advance and all three scored big points with commercials that were at times funny and at times emotionally powerful.

Feb 03 2014
Written by Dale Buss | Posted on Forbes

“Detroit” gave way to “America” in Chrysler’s widely awaited Super Bowl commercial this year, as the brand finally pivoted from its “Imported From Detroit” tag line after using it for three years.

“America’s Import” was the new signature line at the end of the Chrysler-brand anthem ad during the game’s third quarter, starring Bob Dylan from start to finish as narrator, protagonist and inspiration in a commercial that at least nominally was about the new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan.

Jan 31 2014
Chrysler Media

January 31, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Building on the Dodge Journey’s best sales year ever in 2013, the Dodge brand is introducing a new Journey model – the 2014 Dodge Journey Crossroad – at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. 

Jan 31 2014
Written by James R. Healey | Posted on USA Today

Ford Motor says it's investing $80 million and adding 350 jobs at its Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, to boost production of F-series Super Duty models about 15%, or 55,000 trucks a year.

Super Duty is Ford's name for F-250 and F-350 truck models, sometimes known as three-quarter-ton and one-ton models, and the even heavier-duty F-450 and F-550. Super Duty trucks almost always are sold as work trucks, albeit often well-appointed -- thus high-profit -- models.

Ford says demand for Super Duties is rising as the economy recovers.

Jan 31 2014
Written by Associated Press, | Posted on Washington Post

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it plans to invest $80 million in its Kentucky truck plant to churn out more F-Series Super Duty trucks. The ramped-up production will add 350 jobs, the automaker said.

The investment will boost production capacity by 15 percent, or about 55,000 units, as the company retools and upgrades the plant, Ford said. Improvements are planned in the body and paint shops, it said.

“This is a sizable leap forward in capacity,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas.

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