The two primary trade associations for automakers in the US have merged in a bid to bolster the industry’s influence in Washington as decisions are being made on trade, environmental, and technology policies that could impact carmakers for decades to come.
The new group, called the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, combines the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers into a single entity representing nearly every global auto manufacturer, several large parts suppliers, and other newer entrants in the sector, the group announced Wednesday, January 8.
“This is an incredibly exciting development for auto at the intersection of policy and innovation,” John Bozzella, president and CEO of Global Automakers, said. “It’s really the first time in the history of the auto industry that we’ve been able to really bring together in one association all of the auto manufacturers that develop, design, innovate and sell and service cars and trucks in the United States.”
David Schwietert, who led the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, is chief policy officer of the new group.
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