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ASSOCIATION OF INTERNATIONAL AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURERS ON 'DRIVE AMERICAN QUALITY' TEST DRIVE EVENT

 ARLINGTON, Va., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- International automakers, producers of one of every four cars manufactured in the United States, believe their factories, workers and products should be represented at a massive test drive event, "Drive American Quality," scheduled by the Detroit Big Three and the United Auto Workers for May 25-26 in Washington.
 In a letter addressed to the chief executives of GM, Ford, Chrysler and the president of the UAW, John E. Reilly, chairman of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, offered this suggestion: "Expand the event to include all of the U.S. auto industry, not just those companies headquartered in Detroit." Reilly suggests that the test drive should be expanded to include, "those companies with new manufacturing plants located in California, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan."
 The combined U.S. automobile output of the new American plants built by international carmakers surpasses the U.S. production of either Ford or Chrysler, and is second only to that of GM, Reilly's letter points out. "Drive American Quality cannot be considered truly representative of the American industry if it excludes this very major portion of that industry," he added.
 Reilly's letter states that international auto manufacturing in the United States provides direct factory employment for more than 40,000 American workers and creates employment for an additional 200,000 in this country. "These working Americans, many of them UAW members, are as eager to be represented at your event as are the UAW workers in the Big Three factories."
 The text of the letter from Reilly follows:
 I read with interest the announcement that General Motors, along with Ford, Chrysler, and the United Auto Workers are planning a test drive event, "Drive American Quality," for members of Congress, administration officials and congressional staff, on May 25-26 in Washington. I applaud the concept. Members of our government need to know more about the superb products now being produced in America.
 I have a suggestion that will do much to spotlight the theme of the event, which is the importance of the U.S. auto industry to the nation's economy. The suggestion: expand the event to include all of the United States auto industry, not just those companies headquartered in Detroit. Include those companies with new manufacturing plants located in California, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and Michigan. We will help to arrange representative product, workers and executives from all the American companies represented by AIAM. This will make the event truly representative of the entire American automobile industry.
 As you are aware, international automobile manufacturers today produce one out of every four passenger cars manufactured in the United States. The combined U.S. automobile output of the new American plants built by international carmakers surpasses the U.S. production of either Chrysler or Ford and is second only to that of GM. "Drive American Quality" cannot be considered truly representative of the American industry if it excludes this very major portion of that industry.
 International automobile manufacturing in the United States today provides direct employment for over 40,000 factory workers. Using your calibration that every 100,000 vehicles produced creates 15,000 jobs, the 1.4 million passenger cars manufactured last year in the U.S. by the international carmakers also created more than 200,000 American jobs. Certainly, these working Americans, many of them UAW members, are as eager to be represented at your event, as are the UAW workers in the Big Three factories.
 The participation of AIAM companies in this event could mark the beginning of a new era of cooperation and understanding between all of the global automotive companies and the federal government. I hope you will consider our request favorably and look forward to your response.
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 /CONTACT: Kathleen Mordini of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, 703-525-7788/


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