Manufacturing Economy


The auto industry is America’s largest exporter. Over the past six years, automakers and suppliers have exported over $706 billion worth of vehicles and parts. They beat the next best performing sector (aerospace) by $104 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 17 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, seven 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 IBM, Qualcomm, and General Electric – 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 auto supplier.

Market Share vs. Jobs Share vs. Parts Share

  • Apr 28 2015

    FCA US Recognized as Health, Safety and Energy Leader in Automotive Manufacturing

    | Posted on Chrysler Media Group

    FCA US LLC has achieved a significant milestone by having the most manufacturing facilities certified in both Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001:2007 and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 50001:2011 of any North American automotive company.

    Thirty-one facilities across the U.S., Canada and Mexico were evaluated in less than 24 months by an accredited, third-party certification body. Recognized internationally, OHSAS 18001 focuses on worker health and safety, and ISO 50001 focuses on energy management and conservation.

  • Apr 27 2015

    Chevrolet hopes for big things from its small cargo van

    Written by Carol Cain | Posted on Detroit Free Press

    Chevy is borrowing a page from its past at it appeals to small business owners – a hot market as the number of entrepreneurs continues to grow -- with its 2015 Chevrolet City Express small cargo van.

    The City Express continues the tradition that began in 1936 with the Chevrolet Canopy Express vehicle which street vendors used to sell flowers, food and other products from the back.

    It was followed by the 1949 Chevrolet Canopy – another vehicle that found a ready audience with the mom and pop entrepreneurs.

  • Apr 27 2015

    Capps Wins All-Mopar Final on HEMI® Day at NHRA SpringNationals

    | Posted on Chrysler Media Group

    Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) driver Ron Capps earned his second national title victory of the year with a trip to the winner’s circle at the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) SpringNationals near Houston on a day recognized by Mopar fans as HEMI® Day (4/26) named after the legendary 426 HEMI engine which helped power the new 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T to its fifth win in six events since making its debut this season.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Apr 24 2015

    Ford Celebrates Production Milestone – 100,000 Ford Police Interceptor Vehicles Built

    | Posted on Ford Media Center

    On April 23, employees at Troy Design and Manufacturing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, celebrated a major milestone – production of Police Interceptor No. 100,000. Since 2012, the 54,000-square-foot Troy Design and Manufacturing upfit facility has been the single source for America’s best-selling line of law enforcement vehicles. Troy Design and Manufacturing has the flexibility to produce between 600 and 1,200 vehicles per week depending on demand. It takes an estimated 5.5 hours for a vehicle to be completely upfitted with law enforcement equipment.

  • Apr 23 2015

    Cadillac Will Grow V-Series Portfolio In Coming Years

    Written by Sean Szymkowski | Posted on GM Authority

    It only seems reasonable that with more incoming Cadillacs, there will be V-series editions coming with them. Good news, because Cadillac says more V-series models will find their way into the portfolio with time.

    The Detroit Bureau spoke with Dave Leone, Cadillac Chief Engineer, and he confirmed we will see more V products in the future. He also stressed that not every Cadillac will a see a true V-series, a smart move as to not dilute what the “V” badge has come to stand for. That means don’t hold your breath for an Escalade-V or SRX-V (XT5-V).

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy