International Automakers and Dealers in America

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Executive Summary

For more than 60 years, international auto manufacturers and international nameplate dealers have strengthened the American economy and auto industry through their U.S. operations. They conduct research and development, invest in plants and equipment, build cars and light trucks, and sell and service these vehicles. The millions of jobs created by these operations clearly demonstrate the benefits of an open economy that welcomes investment, competition, and innovation.

These benefits of trade and open investment policies can be found in this annual report. To navigate the ever-changing economic landscape and maintain the industry’s competitive edge in good times and during challenging times, smart policies that maintain a level playing field on taxes, trade, and regulation are critically important.  

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

-International automakers have invested mroe than $92 billion into U.S. operations and contributed $290 billion to the gross domestic product. 

-International automakers, dealers, and suppliers support nearly 2.5 million American jobs. 

-International automakers produce almost half of the cars and light trucks made in America. 

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

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

-Economic activity by international automakers and dealers in America generated $67 billion in federal, state, and local tax receipts and other revenues. 

As you'll see in the International Automakers and Dealers in America 2020 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 American International Automobile Dealers Association and Autos Drive America. 

Resources

  • Read more about AIADA's work on trade
  • Read the entire 2020 Economic Impact Report 
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