SACRAMENTO, MAY 22, 2012 – Representatives of the Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) and its member companies are meeting with California lawmakers today and tomorrow to discuss the auto industry’s impact in the state and to highlight green vehicle technologies.
“The auto industry has long viewed California as a great place to do business. For our member companies, the state serves as a hub for their various operations including corporate headquarters, research and development to sales and training,” said Global Automakers’ Director of State Relations Gordon Fry, whose Association represents 14 international automobile manufacturers. “Our member companies have invested $1.7 billion in the state through 2011 and directly employ more than 10,000 Californians.”
On Tuesday, Global Automaker’s member companies are meeting with lawmakers and displaying advanced technology vehicles at Chops Restaurant to allow lawmakers to experience the vehicles firsthand. Vehicles on display will include the Honda Civic Natural Gas, Hyundai Tucson ix Fuel Cell, Kia Rio, Nissan LEAF, and Toyota Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle. Global Automakers’ members have long led the industry in the development and deployment of green technologies. These companies brought the first hybrids to American consumers in 1999 and today account for 88 percent of the U.S. hybrid market.
“Hybrids are just one of the many technologies our members are aggressively pursuing to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in order to protect the environment and lessen our nation’s reliance on fossil fuels,” said Fry. “Our members are developing natural gas vehicles, plug-in hybrids, pure electrics, and even hydrogen fuel cells, all of which are the result of millions of R&D dollars that our members continue to invest to create alternatives to petroleum.”
What: The Association of Global Automakers will display advanced technology vehicles, including the Honda Civic Natural Gas, Hyundai Tucson ix Fuel Cell, Kia Rio, Nissan LEAF, and Toyota Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle.
When: Tuesday, May 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Chops Restaurant 1117 11th Street, Sacramento, California.
The Association of Global Automakers represents international motor vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, and other automotive-related trade associations. We work with industry leaders, legislators, regulators, and other stakeholders in the United States to create public policy that improves motor vehicle safety, encourages technological innovation and protects our planet. Our goal is to foster an open and competitive automotive marketplace that encourages investment, job growth, and development of vehicles that can enhance Americans’ quality of life. For more information, visit www.globalautomakers.org.
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