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'DRIVE AMERICAN QUALITY' EVENT TO BE HELD MAY 25-26 IN WASHINGTON

 WASHINGTON, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- "Drive American Quality," an unprecedented test drive event giving members of Congress, administration officials and congressional staff members the opportunity to experience the high-quality cars and trucks produced by the domestic auto companies, was announced today by the UAW, Chrysler Corporation (NYSE: C), Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) and General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM).
 "Drive American Quality" will be held May 25-26 on the Mall on Capitol Hill. Among industry leaders attending the event will be UAW President Owen Bieber, Chrysler Chairman and CEO Robert Eaton, Ford Chairman and CEO Harold "Red" Poling and General Motors CEO and President John F. Smith Jr.
 In a joint statement, Bieber and the three CEOs said: "We've all worked hard in recent years to make improvements in the cars and trucks we build, and we're delighted to offer this opportunity to make sure government officials are familiar with the results."
 "Drive American Quality" will include 120 brand new Chrysler, Ford and GM cars and trucks available for test drives over a pre-determined course around the Mall during the two-day event. Each vehicle will be staffed by a UAW or company representative who will discuss its features and unique characteristics.
 There will also be displays highlighting the technological leadership of the domestic auto companies, including an exhibit by the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR), the umbrella organization formed for cooperative research and development activities of Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors.
 Central to the theme of the event is the importance of the U.S. auto industry to the nation's economy.
 Bieber and the three CEOs said in their joint statement: "Government officials play a special role when it comes to setting public policy and in leading the way for the awareness of the general public. That's important because when it comes to jobs and investment, no other manufacturing sector is as vital to the nation's economy as the automotive sector."
 The U.S. auto industry supports 1.4 million U.S. jobs and an estimated $50 billion in wages. It also creates 15,000 jobs for every 100,000 vehicles produced and its supplier, manufacturing, and assembly network comprises 4,400 facilities in 48 states.
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 /CONTACT: Frank Joyce, UAW, 313-926-5297; John Guiniven, Chrysler Corp., 202-862-5409; Bill Day, Ford Motor Company, 202-962-5366, or Bill Noack, General Motors Corp., 202-775-5008/
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