Manufacturing Economy


The auto industry is America’s largest exporter. Over the past six years, automakers and suppliers have exported over $775 billion worth of vehicles and parts. They beat the next best performing sector (aerospace) by $125 billion. Last year alone, automakers and suppliers out-exported the aerospace industry by $6 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 more than 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 734,000 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 HP, Boeing, and AT&T – 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




  • Mar 04 2016

    2017 Chrysler Pacifica: Old Name, Better Car

    Written by Ken Chester, Jr. | Posted on Post Crescent

    After creating the minivan segment more than 30 years ago, Chrysler has unveiled an all-new vehicle with familiar name. After more than 25 years the Town & Country nameplate is being retired, and the name for the automaker’s all-new minivan is Pacifica. Re-engineered from the ground up on an all-new platform for class-leading ride, handling, and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), Pacifica delivers class-leading gasoline and hybrid powertrains to the minivan segment, with the Pacifica Hybrid offering up to 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in city driving.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Mar 04 2016

    Cleveland Auto Show: Ford Debuts Upgrades To F-150 Raptor

    Written by P.J. Ziegler | Posted on WJW

    If you're planning a trip through the wilderness and you're looking for a truck to get you there, Ford's F-150 Raptor is your ride. The truck was introduced last year but the 2017 version has been upgraded and is on display now at the Cleveland Auto Show at the IX-Center.

    The all-new Raptor, is the strongest in the F-150 line-up.

    "When you see it coming, you know it's a Raptor," said Roger Clayton of Lodi.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Mar 04 2016

    The 600-hp 2016 Ford Focus Rs Rx: Officially The Baddest Focus Ever

    Written by Wesley Wren | Posted on Autoweek

    Ken Block’s newest rallycross ride just upstaged the RS

    At the end of Ken Block’s latest "Gymkhana," we caught a glimpse of the menacing Ford Focus RS RX. But info was sparse: We only saw that it was Block’s, and that it was “coming soon to Gymkhana nine.” Aside from that, we were left in the dark -- that is, until Ford came forward and officially announced that the wide-bodied Focus will be its latest entry in World Rallycross.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 24 2016

    General Motors Posts Impressive Numbers On High SUV Demand

    Written by Mayank Marwah | Posted on GuruFocus

    General Motors had a decent 2015 with sales growth of 5% despite an unpredictable global economy. The industry outlook for the current year is positive although the overall global market is expected to slow down. General Motors recently recorded strong fourth-quarter and full-year earnings beating analyst expectations.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy
  • Feb 24 2016

    Ford Expands Ford Smart Mobility At Mobile World Congress, Unveils New Kuga, Confirms Sync 3, FordPass For Europe

    Written by Ford Media Staff | Posted on Ford

    Ford CEO Mark Fields today unveils the new Kuga SUV and will confirm Ford’s SYNC 3 connectivity technology is coming to Europe and commit to tripling Ford’s engineering investment in semi-autonomous vehicle technologies as the company continues to expand its Ford Smart Mobility plan.

    Filed Under: Manufacturing Economy