International Automakers and Dealers in America


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Executive Summary

International nameplate auto dealers do more than sell automobiles. They build communities.

543,000 Americans go to work at international nameplate auto dealerships every day. These dealerships provide stable jobs that endured through the highs and lows of 2021 and represent a $43.5 billion national payroll and more than half of all dealership employment in the U.S.

International nameplate auto dealers generate an impressive economic footprint across the communities they serve, including millions donated to local causes and charities and 605,000 indirect jobs. In 2021, they pumped $4.1 billion in advertising dollars into the national economy and sold $63 billion in parts and services to American consumers.

Despite the headwinds our industry has faced, international nameplate dealers have continued to sell the vehicles Americans want to drive. In 2021, 9,383 international dealership franchises sold 9.1 million vehicles to American consumers – a 59% share of the U.S. retail vehicle market.

Trade is a pivotal part of their story. International automakers operate 31 facilities across America, accounting for 47% of all U.S. auto production and the creation of 140,000 jobs.

As the report demonstrates, the investment and growth of the international 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. 


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