Automotive Manufacturing 

Mobility Technology

Home to the densest cluster of automotive-related companies in North America, the Detroit Region provides traditional automotive manufacturers and mobility technology firms with the most robust ecosystem from which to develop, sell, produce, and integrate their goods and services. Still the North American center for passenger vehicle production with 11 vehicle assembly plants, it is also leading the nation in attracting manufacturers producing fully autonomous vehicles, battery systems, powertrain technologies, lightweight solutions, and sensor technologies. In addition, the Detroit Region has a robust and growing software development community, resulting in some of the world’s leading mobile technology providers choosing the region for their next expansion. The Detroit Region is well suited to help the world’s leading mobility and automotive companies position themselves for growth and a sustainable future.

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Universities and Colleges with Ranked Undergraduate Engineering Programs


5-Year Historic Growth

Economic Contribution to the Michigan Economy

Vehicle Models

Assembled in Michigan

 22 of the world’s leading OEMs

The largest concentration of engineering talent in the nation works in the Detroit Region. 

$14 billion or 73% of private-sector automotive-related R&D occurs in
Southeast Michigan.

of the top 100 automotive suppliers IN North America

OEM and supplier investment into Michigan 2009-2018

of the top 100 automotive suppliers in North America


Ford Motor Company

Ford will invest $740 million in a new Corktown campus in the city of Detroit. The new campus will house the automaker’s electric and autonomous driving team. The 1.2 million-square-foot campus will spread across five buildings, providing facilities for 2,500 direct employees and 2,500 workers from partner companies. The estimated total economic impact of this project in the next decade is more than $15.6 billion.

“We at Ford want to help with the next chapter, working together in Corktown with the best startups, the smartest talent, and the thinkers, engineers, and problem solvers who see things differently — all to shape the future of mobility and transportation.”

-Bill Ford, Chairman, Ford Motor Co.

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMSI, U.S. News and World Report C2ER, Wall Street Journal, Detroit Regional Chamber