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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.

From research labs to dealership lots, the auto sector supports over 7 million U.S. jobs.

Exports:

The auto industry is America’s largest exporter. Over the past six years, automakers and suppliers have exported over $712 billion worth of vehicles and parts. They beat the next best performing sector (aerospace) by $108 billion. Last year alone, automakers and suppliers out-exported the aerospace industry by $17 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. FCA US, Ford and General Motors each invest more each year on research and development than Boeing, Apple and Hewlett-Packard– 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.

Market Share vs. Jobs Share vs. Parts Share


Jan 22 2014
Ford Media

Ford Motor Company’s stand at the 2014 North American International Auto Show includes a 37.5-ton display that simulates a moving assembly line, as well as a chance to see the all-new Mustang next to the original pony car.

Ford is offering its freshest vehicle lineup, latest technologies, newest innovations and the coolest interactive exhibits at this year’s auto show in Detroit. A new upper-level exhibit area will feature the all-new Mustang positioned near the Concept II created by the 1962 Mustang design team.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Jan 22 2014
Fox News

And you thought your truck was ready for winter.

Ken Block has unveiled his new Ford F-150 RaptorTRAX, a modified SVT Raptor SuperCab billed as the world’s fastest snowcat and ultimate backcountry snowboard machine.

A joint effort between Block’s Ford Racing team buddies and California’s Special Vehicle Concepts, the pickup features a Whipple supercharged 6.2-liter V8 (typically good for at least 650 hp) and a set of Mattracks rubber tracks.

Jan 17 2014
New Haven Register Business

More vehicles than ever on display at the Detroit auto show are using non-traditional materials — aluminum, carbon fiber, magnesium — as US automakers fight to get vehicle weight down and gas mileage up.

Ford’s introduction of aluminum body panels for its workhorse F150 pickup truck was a radical shift which it said would knock up to 700 pounds (317 kilograms) from the truck’s weight.

But it presents a challenge to discerning buyers who are accustomed to the country’s premier pickup being built with solid steel, but also straining under high fuel costs.

Jan 17 2014
Written by Sarah Hollenbeck | Posted on 41 Action News

This week, Ford's automobile plant in Claycomo, Missouri is welcoming 1,000 new employees. The company needs more people to start building a fleet of 2015 Ford Transit Vans.
This is the most people Ford has hired since 2000, and the company is not done hiring yet. It will fill 175 more positions this March.
The company hopes to have thousands of 2015 Transits ready to sell this summer across the United States.

Jan 15 2014
Written by Tori Tellem | Posted on Ford Media Page

Meet the all-new 2015 Ford F-150. Now, before you fret that someone messed with what has made the pickup a best-seller for more than 30 years, know that “all-new” in this case simply meant building upon what has worked for decade after decade. It meant building a tougher, smarter and more capable F-150.