International Automakers and Dealers in America

International auto manufacturers and dealers are driving the U.S. auto industry by conducting research and development, investing in plants and equipment, and building cars and light trucks in America. Together, international automakers and international nameplate dealers are employing Americans in ever-increasing numbers. 

Here's what you need to know about international automakers and dealers in America: 

-International nameplate dealers are responsible for 56 percent of retail vehicle sales in the U.S. 

-Almost half of the cars and light trucks produced in the U.S. roll off assembly lines at plants operated by international automakers, whose annual production has increased 84 percent in the past 15 years. 

-More than half of all U.S. new vehicle dealership jobs are created by international nameplate dealers. 

-International automakers have invested more than $88 billion into U.S. operations, with manufacturing plants in 14 states and R&D facilities in 15 states. 

-The economic activity of international automakers and dealers in America generated $73.3 billion in federal, state, and local tax receipts and other revenues in 2018.  

As you'll see in the International Automakers and Dealers in America 2019 report, the resurgence of the auto industry in the U.S. is proof of the benefits of an open economy that welcomes investment, competition, and innovation. Read the full report here. 

International Automakers and Dealers in America is a joint effort of the Association of Global Automakers and the American International Automobile Dealers Association. 


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