Establishing the domestic content of a motor vehicle is not the straightforward question that it would seem to be. The complexity of the motor vehicle, as well as the complexity of the motor vehicle industry, have made the determination of the exact percentage of domestic content of a vehicle a daunting task. It is, however, an important task to undertake, as the origins of a motor vehicle affect society in a variety of ways – for example, consumer decisions to purchase imported motor vehicles impact employment in the U.S. industry. This paper examines the various metrics used to determine how much of a motor vehicle is considered to be domestically produced.
This study estimates the economic impact in 2011 of Hyundai’s U.S. operations on the U.S. economy. In addition to the direct workers employed by Hyundai in all of its U.S. operations, many more people are needed to supply the goods and services that are directly or indirectly related to the operations of a motor vehicle company, or have jobs that are supported when the direct and indirect workers spend their paychecks in their communities.
Contribution of Toyota Motor North America to the Economies of Sixteen States and the United States in 2010
This study seeks to estimate the economic impact in 2010 of Toyota’s U.S. operations on the U.S. economy and 16 individual state economies. It finds that Toyota’s employment in the U.S. contributes to the support of more than 365,000 jobs nationally, and compensation of over $20 billion.
In late 2008 and throughout much of 2009, the global economy was in recession and the world’s automotive industry was in crisis. In the United States, automotive sales plummeted to historically low levels, both automotive commercial and consumer credit availability contracted sharply, and critically, two major automotive manufacturers—General Motors and Chrysler—were on the brink of collapse.
The United States automotive industry is a critical component of economic growth with extensive interconnections across the industrial and cultural fabric of the U.S. This report outlines many known elements and highlights tremendously important associations beyond the market space of manufacturing. It touches on the following elements as they relate to the automotive industry: national and regional employment; research, development and innovation; state and local government revenues; foreign direct investment; education; health care; U.S. trade; and quality of life.
CAR Research Memorandum: The Economic and Fiscal Contributions of the “Cash for Clunkers” Program – National and State Effects
The Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save (C.A.R.S.) Program, commonly called “Cash for Clunkers” (C4C), was a $3 billion government incentive to boost automotive industry sales that was in place July 24, 2009 through August 24, 2009. The program was widely hailed as a success since 677,081 individuals traded in their older and less fuel efficient vehicles for new vehicles. During this 32-day period, 2009 new vehicle sales peaked and, for the first time in a long time, the industry experienced the first signs of recovery. Aside from the potential environmental benefits associated with the program, the major purpose was to create jobs in the devastated automotive sector of the U.S. economy.