The Auto Industry in Michigan

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Michigan’s Automotive Industry is Alive and Well

Not only is the Detroit region the birthplace of the automotive industry, it currently produces more cars and trucks than any other state in the country. In 2017, more than 2.0 million cars and trucks rolled off 11 Michigan assembly lines – over 1.7 million at assembly plants located in the Detroit region. Including suppliers, there are over 1,600 automotive-related manufacturing establishments in Michigan.  The state is also home to 17 original equipment manufacturer (OEM) headquarters or technology centers.


Top Ten Reasons Why Michigan is Automobility

More than 2,200 facilities conduct automotive research, design, engineering, testing and validation in the state of Michigan.

Michigan is home to 96 of the top 100 suppliers to North America.

Since 2010, Michigan has received $27 billion in OEM and supplier investment, more than any other state.

More than $10 billion is spent on automotive R&D annually – 75 percent of the U.S. total.

Michigan leads the nation in the number of projects and legislation passed for connected and automated vehicle testing.

Nearly 117, 000 engineers are employed and driving innovation in Michigan.

Michigan workers manufactured nearly 2.1 million vehicles across 23 models, accounting for 18.5 percent of all U.S. production in 2017.

The Great Lakes State is first in mobility-related patents (data processing, vehicles, navigation, relative location) with 2,583 patents awarded over the past five years.

Over the past five years, automotive-related jobs grew by 11.3 percent and are expected to grow another 3 percent by 2022.

Michigan is home to the American Center for Mobility – the world’s first self-driving highway test facility.

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