SACRAMENTO, MAY 17, 2011– Representatives of the Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers) and its member companies are meeting with lawmakers today to discuss the auto industry’s impact in the state and new green vehicle technologies.
“California and the auto industry have long been partners,” said Global Automakers’ President Michael Stanton, whose Association represents 15 international automobile manufacturers. “Our member companies have invested $1.7 billion in the state through 2010 and employ more than 10,000 Californians. Our member companies have made California their hub for various operations including their corporate headquarters, R&D and sales and training.”
In addition to the one-on-one meetings with lawmakers, Global Automakers’ member companies are displaying advanced technology vehicles today at Chops Restaurant (1117 11th St.) to allow lawmakers to experience the vehicles firsthand. Vehicles on display will include the Honda Civic Natural Gas, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Electric Mitsubishi i, Nissan LEAF, and Toyota Prius Plug-in.
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 86 percent of the U.S. hybrid market. But 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 Stanton. “From natural gas, to plug-in hybrids and pure electric, the vehicles on display this week are the result of millions of R&D dollars that our members continue to invest in to create alternatives to petroleum.”
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, and regulators to create the kind of public policy that improves vehicle safety, encourages technological innovation, and protects our planet. Our goal is to foster a competitive environment in which more vehicles are designed and built to enhance Americans’ quality of life. For more information, visit www.globalautomakers.org.
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