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AIAM PRESIDENT CALLS ON BIG THREE TO 'STOP SEEKING A MARKETPLACE ADVANTAGE THROUGH GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION'

 ARLINGTON, Va., May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The president of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers today called on the Big Three Detroit automakers to "stop seeking a marketplace advantage through government intervention."
 Instead, said AIAM President Philip A. Hutchinson in a speech to the Society of Automotive Engineers of Detroit, "Let us all recognize that we are truly an international industry and that this fact, which is already apparent in company business relationships, should also be recognized in our outlook and dealings with government."
 Hutchinson observed that GM, Ford and Chrysler have adopted what he called "an overt policy of protectionism," and called their actions "inexplicable."
 "They want to be accepted on equal terms with all manufacturers in every country in the world but to be protected with special privileges in the United States.
 "The world is too small to have it both ways. A segment of the industry cannot have their government intervene in the marketplace in order to give them a competitive advantage, without the same thing happening in other nations. The consequences of such a chain reaction would be devastating to our global industry and to the world's economy."
 Hutchinson traced the Big Three's efforts to achieve protected status back to the mid-'70s, after the first energy crisis, when, he said, "they launched what was to become their principle strategy against the international auto manufacturers -- and continues to this day. They sought to use government actions to cripple their import competition."
 Expressing "alarm" over demands for special status for the three Detroit companies, Hutchinson asserted that the new American factories built by international automakers and their product, "built by American workers composed of a high percentage of U.S. content and frequently designed here, are as American as Fords, General Motors' or Chrysler's."
 Hutchinson expressed high optimism over both the future of the automobile industry and the fate of protectionist measures in the government. "I do not believe that Congress or the administration will launch America on an industrial policy designed to protect the entrenched from the innovative competition of new and progressive entries. In the long run such protection would sap the competitive strength of the intended beneficiaries."
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 /NOTE: Copies of the speech are available upon request./
 /CONTACT: Kathleen Mordini of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, 703-525-7788/
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