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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.

Dec 10 2013
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. is adding more than 300 customer service workers at its Warren Tech Center, after closing a call center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is considering moving more call center jobs to the U.S. from another center in Philippines.

GM announced in March that it would move about 300 call center contract workers from various locations to Warren. The company wants to put the employees closer to people at GM, such as engineers, who can support and help them make quick decisions for customers.

Dec 10 2013
Written by Stephen Edelstein | Posted on The Christian Science Monitor

Someday, muscle-car enthusiasts might brag about kilowatts, not horsepower.

Future versions of the 2015 Ford Mustang, which was revealed last week, might possibly get diesel, hybrid, and even electric powertrains.

At the car's unveiling, Ford global powertrain chief Bob Fascetti told GoAuto that the Blue Oval is pondering all of these options, in an effort to make the Mustang greener.

Dec 09 2013
Written by C.C. Weiss | Posted on Gizmag

Ford revealed the all-new, sixth-generation Mustang last week in a four-content event encompassing major cities like Barcelona, New York and Shanghai. The global event supported the new pony car's more worldly focus. The latest Mustang drops the heavily retro influence of generation five in favor of a more modern look and feel. It also gets the latest technologies, including an EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo.

Dec 06 2013
Written by Manoli Katakis | Posted on GM Authority

Described as “the most track-capable Corvette ever, designed to deliver supercar levels of performance through unique powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic features,” the 2015 Corvette Z06 has just been officially teased by Chevrolet. It’s not much, but here we see the vent at the back of what’s presumably the front fender, along with an aggressive wheel wrapped in Michelin rubber.

Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
Dec 06 2013
Written by Nick Kurczewski | Posted on Daily News

The 2015 Ford Mustang is completely new in just about every imaginable way, except how it looks.

Ford wasn’t about to ditch the traditional long hood and short rear deck design that have been hallmarks of the Mustang since it broke cover 50 years ago. Yet in every other way, this new Mustang is a quantum leap forward in terms of performance, refinement, and even fuel economy.