International automakers produce some of the most recognizable cars on the road. To keep the industry moving forward, Autos Drive America advocates for policies that will sustain growth, spark innovation, and promote good-paying, career-path opportunities.
At the very heart of our investments and growth is our manufacturing workforce—responsible for producing nearly half of all cars and trucks in the U.S. Our commitment to growing U.S.-based operations has given rise to a robust and dynamic workforce that now stands 156,000 strong, with two-thirds of those opportunities in manufacturing.

Capital and Community Investment

On the path to restoring America as a global manufacturing powerhouse, international automakers have not merely played a role—they’ve been central in the form of $109 billion in U.S. investments over the last 60 years. This monumental figure, which grows by the day, underscores our commitment to growing the American economy and fostering a flourishing manufacturing presence that provides new opportunities for American workers.

Total investment has increased 52% in the past nine years.
International automakers operate 500 facilities across 36 states.
$328 billion contributed to gross domestic product in 2023.

Research & Development

The shift to electrification is one of the largest transitions the automotive industry has undergone. We are at the center of this history, characterized by technological breakthroughs in battery efficiency, developing charging infrastructure and upskilling the workforce. Over the past five years alone, international automakers have committed $35 billion toward U.S. green vehicle production.

Auto Industry's Clean Vehicle Transition Panel at the D.C. Auto Show

At the 2023 Washington D.C. Auto Show, Jennifer Safavian led a panel discussion on the automotive industry’s clean vehicle transition.

The panel discussed a range of issues surrounding the shift to electrification in the automotive sector, including:

  • Industry goals and investments, impacts on suppliers and dealers, and government incentives.
  • The need for coordinated efforts between the U.S. and its closest allies to address our shared climate concerns.
  • The impact the Inflation Reduction Act will have on a successful transition to the President’s goal of 50% sales of zero-emission vehicles by 2030.