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MVMA RESTRUCTURES; WILL FOCUS ON DOMESTIC AUTO ISSUES

 DETROIT, Nov. 25 ~PRNewswire~ -- The Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association (MVMA) has initiated a restructuring of the organization that will allow it to focus on the common issues and interests that are unique to the domestic manufacturers.
 MVMA is a trade association that conducts joint industry research, promotes industry initiatives to state and federal legislatures and regulatory bodies and provides communications about the industry.
 "Chrysler Corporation, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation share interests, goals and needs that are unique to them," said Thomas H. Hanna, MVMA president and CEO. "Given the new era of global competition and the critical role of a fair trade policy, an issue that inherently divides domestic and foreign companies in terms of policy direction, it was the appropriate time to redefine the mission of MVMA and limit the membership to the three domestic manufacturers."
 As part of the restructuring, the United States Council for Automotive Research (UCAR), an umbrella organization that recommends, organizes and monitors pre-competitive research among the domestic auto companies, will become part of the new MVMA organization.
 Currently, USCAR has nine research and development consortia. In order of formation, they include: Automotive Composites Consortium, Auto Oil~Air Quality Improvement Research Program, United States Advanced-Battery Consortium, CAD~CAM Partnership, High Speed Serial Data Communication Research and Development Partnership, Environmental Science Research Consortium, Vehicle Recycling Partnership, Low Emissions Technologies Research and Development Partnership and United States Auto Manufacturers Occupant Safety Research Partnership.
 "During the last several years the domestic manufacturers have been working together on a number of technical and basic research projects," Hanna added. "In addition, they have found themselves in agreement on a wide variety of policy issues. Having import companies and the heavy duty truck operations as members of MVMA, with their many different agendas, made equitable representation and focused operations impossible."
 The new organization will be headquartered in Washington, but operations will continue in Detroit and in six other regional offices around the United States.
 "In recent years we have focused more and more on car and light truck issues," Hanna said. "Our value to heavy truck producers such as PACCAR and Navistar became limited.
 "In addition, Japanese manufacturers such as Honda have adequate affiliation and representation not only in Japan but in the United States a well. They are members of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) and the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers (AIAM) in the United States. Membership in JAMA is not accessible to domestic MVMA members."
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 ~CONTACT: Thomas H. Hanna, president and CEO, Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association, 313-872-4311~


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