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Planning and Economic Development

2018 North American International Auto Show


The Macomb County Connection:

The North American International Auto Show is an important event for Macomb County.

The automobile industry in Macomb County is a diverse network of companies involved in the R&D, production, wholesale, retail and maintenance of motor vehicles. Manufacturing and innovation are the bedrock of our economic foundation.

Look at the truck featured on this page, the Dodge Ram 1500. Parts for the Ram 1500 Quad and Crew Cabs are made and the trucks are built here at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ facilities in Warren. The facilities span more than 5.4 million square feet and produced 332,830 trucks in 2016. That’s a new truck coming off the line every 94.8 seconds!


Macomb County’s steadfast commitment to the manufacturing/automotive base is fueling sustainable economic growth. Within the county, the automotive industry is made up of nearly 500 companies, employing more than 34,000 individuals. Since 2010, $9.92 billion has been invested in Macomb County facilities. These 136 separate investments are a clear signal of the commitment that our companies have made to turning out the best product possible in a highly competitive global marketplace.

These refinements in facilities and operations have not gone unnoticed by consumers. For the third straight year, U.S. automakers reported annual sales greater than 17 million vehicles. In 2017, 17.2 million vehicles were sold. Car prices are increasing as well. According to Kelley Blue Book, estimates for the average transaction climbed $804 (2.3 percent) from 2016 values to $36,113. These increased margins have been a boon for local companies.

Employees in automotive businesses within Macomb County took home $5.7 billion in compensation in 2017. Annually, manufacturing-based entities in Macomb County add more than $12.6 billion to our economy, exporting more than $34.4 billion worth of products and importing more than $13.4 billion in goods.


The county is a leader in developing connected vehicle technology, featuring 220 miles of roads and traffic signals that can talk directly to the next generation of cars. These are the building blocks that will serve as the foundation of an infrastructure that will soon guide self-driving cars safely to their intended destinations with nobody at the steering wheel.


Axalta Coating Systems, headquartered in Mount Clemens, returns as the presenting sponsor of the NAIAS Charity Preview Jan. 19 at Cobo Center. It is among the largest single-night fundraisers in the United States. Since 2014, Axalta has been presenting the Eyes on Design Award, which honors the most innovative use of color, graphics and materials in a vehicle unveiled at the annual Detroit show.

The Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development has been integrally involved in supporting the automotive industry. Offering free and confidential services to businesses of all sizes, the department is the county's premiere source of resources to support economic growth. Reach out today so we can assist with your needs.