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Letter: Foreign Carmakers in the U.S.

To the Editor:

Re “The Era of American Complacency on Trade Is Over” (Op-Ed,, June 8):

Peter Navarro’s dismissal of Americans who manufacture international branded vehicles in the United States demonstrates an astoundingly backward view of the modern American auto industry.

There are 12, soon to be 14, auto manufacturers producing cars in the United States. The American employees of international companies (excluding Ford, G.M., Fiat Chrysler) manufacture half of all American-made vehicles and export about a million American cars every year.

We are a part of communities across the country where Americans are not merely assembling cars. They are designing and manufacturing vehicles, engines, transmissions and other parts and components at plants operated by BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen, and soon Volvo and Mazda.

This amounts to an investment of $75 billion supporting 1.2 million American jobs.

We invite Mr. Navarro to visit what he refers to as our “so-called” American manufacturing facilities. He might enjoy meeting some of the hard-working, patriotic Americans who have made the American auto industry the most vibrant and competitive in the world.


The writer is president and chief executive of the Association of Global Automakers, a trade group representing the American operations of international automakers.


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