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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 26 2013
GM Media Page

When it comes to keeping its tail on the track, the 2014 Camaro Z/28 manages airflow like few other production vehicles, generating downforce like a race car to press the tires against the track for high-speed stability and greater cornering capability.

Numerous modifications were made to the exterior, compared to the Camaro SS, with new and revised content developed to improve aerodynamics, powertrain cooling and brake-system cooling. They help the Z/28 produce 440 pounds more downforce at 150 mph, relative to the SS, which generates slight lift at that speed.

Nov 26 2013
Chrysler Media

Just in time for the holiday gift-giving season, the Ram Truck brand is launching a new photography book with National Geographic titled, “The Farmer in All of Us: An American Portrait.”  The book is available for purchase now for $45 at www.ramtrucks.com/outfitter and will be in retail stores beginning late spring 2014.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Nov 26 2013
Written by Michael Wayland | Posted on MLive

 The unveiling of the 2015 Ford Mustang remains 10 days away, but anticipation for the vehicle is mounting faster than the RPMs of a Shelby GT.

Ford announced the Dec. 5 unveiling last week in connection to the 2013 LA Auto Show, and while the Dearborn-based automaker continues to releases short inspirational films in anticipation of the vehicle's debut, one executive says the unveiling will be well worth the wait.

Nov 25 2013
Written by Henry Payne | Posted on The Detroit News

“That’s strong,” said Helio Castroneves, three-time Indy 500 winner, as he floored our 2014 Corvette Stingray in 4th gear over the Belle Isle Bridge. Relaxed in the right-hand seat, I glanced at the speedometer.

We were doing 110 mph.

Nirvana is a ‘Vette in the hands of one of the world’s best drivers. Castroneves and his fellow Indy Car jockey, Ed Carpenter, were in town Wednesday to promote the 2014 Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix. But the real treat was getting these rocket pilots into the brand new Corvettes that Chevy had provided for the event.

Nov 25 2013
Written by Jeffrey N. Ross | Posted on Autoblog

Ford has gone all-in on its efforts to offer most of its new vehicles with a fuel-efficient EcoBoost engine, but the automaker is reportedly preparing to take another big step toward improving vehicle efficiency. Automotive News is reporting that Ford will soon expand the availability of start-stop technology, which was first offered – presumably the first non-hybrid vehicle, that is – on the 2013 Fusion (equipped with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine) as a $295 option.