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INTERNATIONAL AUTO MAKERS ASK CLINTON TO IGNORE PROTECTIONIST PLEAS FROM THE BIG THREE; REQUEST MEETING WITH NEW ADMINISTRATION

 ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The president of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers (AIAM), said he's optimistic that President-elect Clinton will move very cautiously on auto trade issues following today's meeting between CEOs of the Big Three auto makers and the president-elect.
 "I am confident that President-elect Clinton will not discriminate against the more than 32,000 Americans who work in U.S. auto plants created by foreign investment or impose a tax increase on middle class families by raising the tariff on minivans and sports utility vehicles," said Philip A. Hutchinson, AIAM's president.
 "International auto companies are continuing to invest heavily in America," Hutchinson pointed out. "They have created jobs for Americans, purchased American-made parts in record amounts and are helping to stimulate the overall economy. The Big Three want to throw a wet blanket on these investments in America."
 Detroit auto makers are reportedly seeking a 25 percent imported minivan and sport utility vehicle tax. Experience has proven that both imported and domestically produced vehicle prices will increase and consumers will pick up the tab.
 "Automobile trade policy should not be made in a political context," Hutchinson said. "If the consumer is to benefit, the free market must not be constrained by artificial government intervention. There is no substitute for good management, good products and being responsive to the consumer."
 Last month Hutchinson requested a meeting with Clinton to discuss the contributions made by the AIAM member companies to the U.S. economy and explore ways to further the administration's goals.
 AIAM members include: BMW, Daihatsu, Fiat, Honda, Hyundai, Isuzu, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Rolls-Royce, Rover, Saab, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.
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 /NOTE: Hutchinson is in Detroit today attending the Detroit Auto Show and will be available for interviews between 2-3:30 p.m. CST in the Michelin Media Center./
 /CONTACT: Kathleen Mordini of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, 703-525-7788/


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