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Los Angeles County has a hidden auto industry and it’s sizable

Southern California automotive industry employs 15,000 people in Los Angles County alone.

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SoCal's multi-faceted industry includes design and marketing as well as local car sales.

According to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), the SoCal automotive industry is thriving, generating billions of dollars in business activity as well as creating high quality jobs.

The LAEDC’s report, "The Automotive Industries in Southern California," highlights the wide variety of activities taking place.

  • They include the North American headquarters of 8 foreign auto makers, including Toyota (celebrating the 50 th anniversary of their operations in the U.S. in 2007), Honda and Hyundai.

    Classified by government statisticians as “wholesalers,” these firms employ nearly 15,000 people and generated nearly $45 billion in sales in Los Angeles County alone.

  • Supporting the auto makers are 14 research, design and development facilities in Southern California, plus two proving grounds. In the works are Honda’s Advanced Design Studio and Acura’s Design Studio.

  • Also, there is a variety of car customization activities as well as manufacturers of aftermarket equipment.

Why Southern California?

The attractions of auto companies include the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, which is well known for its auto design program, as well as the creative talent in the region spawned by the film and aerospace industries. Finally, there is the long standing “car culture” of Southern California. A good indicator of this car culture is the large number of auto magazines published locally.

The LAEDC study reported that retail sales of new and used cars and light trucks in Southern California totaled over $33.1 billion in 2004, while automotive parts sales added another $2.4 billion.

Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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