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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.

Oct 30 2013
Ford Media

The new Ford Fiesta equipped with the award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine will be America’s most fuel-efficient non-hybrid, gasoline-powered car with a certified 45 mpg rating on the highway, topping Honda Fit by 12 mpg and Toyota Yaris by 8 mpg on the highway.  

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified the 2014 EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta, arriving at dealers later this year, at 45 mpg highway.

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Oct 28 2013
GM News

DETROIT – Chevrolet today previewed several performance-oriented concepts of some of the brand’s most popular passenger cars, including the Sonic and all-new Impala. The cars will debut at the SEMA Show, Nov. 5-8, in Las Vegas. It’s the world’s largest convention of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories.

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Oct 28 2013
Written by Brent Snavely | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Chrysler’s national advertising campaign for the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee will start tonight with a 60-second commercial set to the background Bob Dylan singing “Motherless Children.”

The commercial shows children playing, hiking and exploring a number of remote locations while a recording of Dylan from 1962 plays in the background, and a narrator talks about the desire for travel and adventure.

“You found tools to satisfy your curiosity because you wanted to see more and do more,” the narrator says.

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Oct 24 2013
Written by Larry Printz | Posted on The Detroit News

Of all of the notable cars and trucks that are arriving for the 2014 model year, there’s one big arrival that’s eagerly anticipated: the Ford Mustang, which turns 50 years old on April 17. Of course, what the 2015 Mustang will be like is Detroit’s best-kept secret, just like when it debuted.

The 1964 Mustang’s birth came about as a result of the death of the two-seat Thunderbird in 1958. The resulting outcry from Ford Thunderbird fans continued for years — even as Thunderbird sales soared.

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Oct 21 2013
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Ten years after Ford planted vegetation atop a massive truck assembly plant, the largest living roof in the U.S. is flourishing and others have followed the automaker’s lead.

Ford was a pioneer a decade ago when it created a living roof on top of the Dearborn Truck Plant. It was a unique way to save on roofing materials and cooling costs while addressing water runoff and other ecological concerns.