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The Economic Impacts of International Automakers in America
Each year, Autos Drive America and the American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) compile an economic impact report to highlight international automakers and nameplate dealers’ positive impact in the U.S. While automakers and dealers were not immune to the unprecedented challenges many industries faced throughout 2021, the latest report shows international automakers and nameplate dealers in the U.S. continued driving the American economy forward, just like it has for the past 60 years.

In 2021 international automakers saw significant increases across jobs, production, sales, and exports. Importantly, international automakers increased their cumulative investments in the U.S. to over $100 billion. With announcements of new assembly lines, new manufacturing facilities, and new research and design hubs right here in the U.S., international automakers yet again proved they are invested in the success of the U.S. auto industry and its workers.

America’s international nameplate automobile dealers also had an impressive 2021, accounting for 59 percent of all vehicles sold in the United States. International nameplate dealers have 543,000 Americans in their employ and serve millions of customers each year. With a payroll of more than $43.5 billion, dealers are bringing good, stable jobs to small towns and big cities in all 50 states.

Join CAR, Autos Drive America, and the American International Automobile Dealers Association for an in-depth look at the economic impact international automakers had in the U.S. in 2021, and a look ahead to 2022.


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Bernard Swiecki - Moderator
Director, Research and Director, ACP Program @Center for Automotive Research
Bernard has written and managed research in a diverse array of automotive fields pertaining to automaker/supplier relationships, electric and alternative powertrain vehicles. He manages CAR’s analysis of vehicle sales, production, and segmentation data. He has also led trade missions to China, Italy, India, and Russia. Bernard has authored numerous articles for print publications, as well as a monthly column on the automotive industry. He regularly presents at conferences and industry events in North America, Asia, and Europe, and is a frequent commentator in the local, national, and international media.
Jennifer Safavian
President & CEO @Autos Drive America
Jennifer Safavian was named Autos Drive America’s first president and CEO in April 2020. She is an accomplished government relations professional with two decades of policy experience both in government and the private sector. Before joining Autos Drive America, Safavian was Executive Vice President for Government Affairs at the Retail Industry Leaders Association. Prior to holding that position, she spent the majority of her career on Capitol Hill, serving as Staff Director and General Counsel on the House Ways & Means Committee, and holding senior positions on other key House Committees, including Energy & Commerce and Oversight & Government Reform.
Cody Lusk
President and CEO @American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA)
Cody Lusk is president and CEO of the American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA). Founded in 1970, AIADA represents American automobile franchises that sell and service international nameplate brands. These retailers have a positive economic impact both nationally and in the local communities they serve, providing more than 540,000 American jobs. From 2002-2006, Lusk served as chief of staff to Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas-03), a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee and a subcommittee chairman on the Education and Workforce Committee. As chief of staff, Lusk served as principal advisor and strategist to the Congressman, managing a broad range of legislative issues, including taxes, international trade, and health care.