October 03, 2017


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October 3, 2017




New 2017 Report Shows FCA US, Ford & GM’s Vital Role in Driving Revival of American Manufacturing



WASHINGTON, D.C. – FCA US, Ford, and General Motors are contributing to the American economy and are helping drive efforts to make America more competitive.  The American Automotive Policy Council today issued its annual “State of the U.S. Automotive Industry” for 2017 offering a detailed and thorough examination of the economic impact of automakers in America.


“We know FCA US, Ford, and General Motors are vital to the American economy and are playing an important part in helping to drive the revival of American manufacturing.  These automakers are making key investments in research and development helping American autos be competitive in our global economy and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs here in America,” said Governor Matt Blunt, president of the American Automotive Policy Council.  “This annual report details the across-the-board contributions of automakers to the U.S. economy.”


Key Findings in the Report


Production, Sales and Exports

  • FCA US, Ford, and General Motors operate 27 out of the 46 U.S. auto assembly plants.
  • FCA US, Ford, and General Motors produced 6.6 million vehicles here, representing 82% of their 7.9 million U.S. sales.
  • FCA US, Ford, and General Motors exported more than 1 million American-made vehicles to more than 100 foreign markets.



  • Over the past 5 years, FCA US, Ford, and General Motors announced investments of more than $35 billion in U.S. assembly, engine and transmission plants, R&D labs, headquarters, and other facilities.



  • FCA US, Ford, and General Motors account for nearly 2 out of 3 of America’s autoworkers. They employ more than 245,000 U.S. workers at 220 assembly plants, manufacturing facilities, research labs, distribution centers and other facilities, located in 32 states.
  • FCA US, Ford, and General Motors have a combined network of 10,150 auto dealerships, employing more than 609,000 additional U.S. workers.


Research and Development

  • FCA, Ford, and General Motors each invest more in global R&D than Hewlett-Packard, Facebook, Boeing, and ExxonMobil. The three automakers invest more than $18 billion in R&D, combined, each year. 


For more information on these findings and to view the full report please CLICK HERE.


The American Automotive Policy Council, Inc. (AAPC) is a Washington, D.C. association that represents the common public policy interests of its member companies FCA US, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors Company.