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Auto Dealers Applaud Congressional Support of International Industry

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Auto Dealers Applaud Congressional Support of International Industry

AIADA Statement on Gallego-Nunnelee Letter

Alexandria, VA--October 20, 2013: The American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA), which represents the country's more than 10,000 international nameplate franchises, today applauded the release of a letter by Congressmen Alan Nunnelee (R-MS) and Pete Gallego (D-TX) highlighting the substantial investment made by Japanese automakers in the United States. The letter, which was signed by 79 members of Congress, was sent to President Obama today in support of the Japanese auto manufacturers that are creating new jobs and driving economic growth and innovation in America.

"This letter to the president is a timely reminder of just how significant an investment Japanese automakers are making in our country, and in the next generation of Americans," Said AIADA President Cody Lusk. "In addition to the facilities they build, the jobs they create, and the quality products they produce, their dealers are also making positive contributions in communities from coast to coast."

Japanese automotive manufacturers invest heavily in U.S. production and sales. Today, approximately two-thirds of Japanese brand vehicles sold in the United States are built in U.S. manufacturing facilities that represent a $47.1 billion investment in more than 29 plants. Those state of the art production facilities provide 76,000 American jobs. Separately, the dealer networks of Japanese auto manufacturers number more than 5,300 franchises and directly employ over 315,000 Americans.