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AIAM Companies Highlight Auto Leadership in Advanced Technology Vehicles

California also has an annual AIAM company production capacity of 400,000 units and AIAM dealers in California employ an additional 63,878 people

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alternative transportation for light vehicles cars trucks California is home to 12 AIAM member manufacturing and R&D facilities, as well as dozens of company support facilities. In total, these locations employ 16,421 Americans at a payroll of $1.35 billion and represent $2.5 billion of AIAM members' $33 billion investment in the United States. California also has an annual AIAM company production capacity of 400,000 units. AIAM dealers in California employ an additional 63,878 people at an estimated annual payroll of $3.3 billion. What's more, AIAM company vehicles make up more than 50 percent of the nearly two-million new cars and light trucks on California roads.
Source: AIAM 2006 Member Survey, NADA, R.L. Polk & Co. (2005 Data)
SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 22, 2007 – The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. (AIAM) and several of its member company representatives met with lawmakers of the California Legislature and the Governor’s Office today to highlight their contributions to the state’s economy and demonstrate the leadership roles they are taking in the area of advanced technology vehicles.

In California, AIAM members directly employ 18,000 people and operate 76 separate facilities, including four manufacturing facilities, seven headquarters offices, nineteen R&D centers, and seven financial service operations. AIAM members also account for 50 percent of the more than 2 million new passenger cars and light trucks registered in the state last year.

AIAM and its member companies visited state lawmakers to talk about their impact on California’s economy, as well as types of advanced technologies currently in auto showrooms and under development. Several gasoline-electric hybrid, compressed natural gas, and fuel cell vehicles – all manufactured by AIAM members – were on display for lawmakers to learn about.

California leads the country in hybrid vehicle purchases, accounting for 26.5 percent of the more than 250,000 hybrid vehicles sold in the United States in 2006.

AIAM members account for over 75 percent of all hybrid sales nationwide.

The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. (AIAM) represents 14 international motor vehicle manufacturers who account for 31 percent of all light duty motor vehicles produced in the United States and nearly 38 percent of all vehicles sold in the United States. Fifty-four percent of all vehicles sold in America by AIAM members are produced in the United States.

AIAM member companies include American Honda Motor Co., American Suzuki Motor Corp., Aston Martin Lagonda of North America, Inc., Ferrari North America, Inc., Hyundai Motor America, Isuzu Motors America, Inc., Kia Motors America, Inc., Maserati North America, Inc., Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., Nissan North America, Inc. Peugeot Motors of America, Renault, SA, Subaru of America, and Toyota Motor North America, Inc. AIAM also represents original equipment suppliers and other automotive-related trade associations.

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