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1992 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW ILLUSTRATES GLOBAL SCOPE AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION EXISTING IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY

 1992 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW ILLUSTRATES GLOBAL SCOPE
 AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION EXISTING IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY
 NEW YORK, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 1,200 cars, trucks and concept cars from 10 nations will be on display at the 1992 New York International Automobile Show revealing the global scope and international cooperation existing in the auto industry.
 At the auto show, April 18-26, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, will be motor vehicles designed, manufactured and sold in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Korea, Japan and more.
 Many of these international products are the result of over a decade of worldwide expansion and cooperation. Instead of just selling vehicles on the world market, most auto companies decided to also manufacture in those markets.
 General Motors and Ford have both developed highly successful operations throughout Europe. In North America, many Japanese and European auto companies have constructed factories and are producing cars with a work force recruited from the local areas.
 Honda, Volkswagen, Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Subaru and Isuzu, known as transplants, invested billions of dollars to get their factories here operational. In addition, the Big Three, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, build cars in, and import from, Canada, Japan and Mexico.
 Adding to the global nature of the car business are the many parts found in every car that come from all over the world.
 The 1980s also saw the forging of new international partnerships and joint manufacturing ventures.
 In the United States, General Motors and Toyota joined forces to create the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., in California, to build cars for both companies. Ford and its partner, Mazda, linked to construct a plant in Flat Rock, Mich., to build cars as did Chrysler and Mitsubishi, though today Mitsubishi operates the Normal, Ill., Diamond Star factory alone.
 These changes seem revolutionary to the casual observer. But the auto industry, from its earliest years, was an international business. Partnerships were forged and new markets sought even by the earliest pioneers.
 Carl Benz, the inventor of the automobile in 1885, sold his first motorcar three years later not in his homeland, Germany, but in France.
 Gottlieb Daimler, the man who first combined an engine with a four- wheel carriage in 1886, was a builder of engines, and as the auto age developed, sold his engines to Peugeot and Panhard.
 By the beginning of the 20th century, the automobile industry was rapidly growing. In 1902, a person could walk around Times Square and see the sales outlet of the Diamler Manufacturing Company promoting its Mercedes car. The company decided in 1904 to begin assembling cars in the United States and the "American Mercedes" was born in a plant on Steinway Avenue in Long Island City, Queens. A fire in 1907 destroyed the factory and production was never resumed on what was probably the first transplant to the United States.
 Another famous transplant in the United States was a factory in Springfield, Mass., where the Rolls-Royce Ghost was built from 1921 to 1931.
 Henry Ford also was moving fast to expand. His first two Model A Fords arrived for sale in Great Britain in 1903. By 1911, he established the first Ford manufacturing facility in Manchester, England, to build Model Ts and launched what is today Ford Europe.
 General Motors, in 1911, formed the General Motors Export Company to sell its U.S.-made cars in Europe. By 1924, it formed GM Continental to assemble its U.S. products in Antwerp, Belgium. Quickly, the company went from assembling to manufacturing, buying Vauxhall Motors Ltd. in 1925 and Adam Opel AG., its German manufacturing subsidiary, in 1929.
 Today both Ford and General Motors' European operations are highly successful and important to their American parent companies.
 For these two U.S. domestic manufacturers, their forays overseas as transplants proved highly successful and continue to be dynamic parts of each corporation.
 The expansion of both corporations continues in Europe as Ford recently purchased 100-percent interest in both Jaguar Motor Cars and Aston Martin, while General Motors purchased a 50-percent interest in the Swedish auto maker Saab Automobiles AB.
 In addition, Chrysler Corporation owns the Italian exotic carmaker, Lamborghini.
 The strong international and competitive nature of the auto industry has lead to the development of new products and technologies for car buyers everywhere.
 Visitors to this year's Auto Show will see and choose from a wide selection of cars and trucks, from all over the world, thanks to the automobile industry's commitment to international growth.
 92nd New York International Automobile Show
 April 18-26
 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
 For information: 800-282-3336
 Tickets: $8 adult, $2 children under 12
 Hours: Sunday -- 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
 Monday to Saturday -- 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
 "Responsible motoring means please buckle up."
 -0- 4/9/92
 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Press preview days are April 15-17; a special charity opening with local celebrities will be held on April 17; the show opens to the public on April 18 and runs through the 26th. Media credentials, press tickets and show information are available from Stuart Schorr and Michael Geylin at Kermish-Geylin Public Relations, 212-315-4900, or at the BF Goodrich Media Center, 212-216-3323, Room 1-C03/04/05 at the Javits Center, 655 West 34th St., throughout the show./
 /CONTACT: Stuart Schorr of Kermish-Geylin Public Relations, 212-315-4900, for 1992 New York International Automobile Show/ CO: 1992 New York International Automobile Show ST: New York IN: AUT SU:


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