At 50, AIADA Still True to Free Trade

The new chairman of the American International Automobile Dealers Association, Jason Courter, practically has free trade running through his veins, reports Automotive News.

Same Mission, Evolving Industry

In 1970, a disparate group of 15 Volkswagen dealers pooled their resources to lobby Congress against a protectionist 25 percent tariff imposed six years earlier on imported light trucks. Automotive News reports that half a century on, that initial — and ultimately unsuccessful — effort to fight what was dubbed the Chicken Tax has evolved into a highly effective lobbying strike team, jumping into the political fray with and on behalf of dealers each time prospective limitations to free trade threaten today's globally interconnected auto industry.