Snow burst covers Made Across America launch of the 2015 WAS

Snow burst covers Made Across America launch of the 2015 WAS

A scene out of a Currier & Ives sketch from 19th Century Washington, snow squalled on the Made Across America event on January 21 that kicked off the Washington Auto Showês Public Policy Days. But that didnêt stop industry representatives or media reporting the event at the foot of the U.S. Capitol. The display featured a range of new vehicles parked directly in front of the Capitol, driven there by teams of industry staff, journalists, and auto aficionados from their corporate headquarters. Kia, for example, was driven from the companyês plant in Georgia. David Kiley, president emeritus of the International Motor Press Association and a coordinator of the event, drove a Cadillac CTS-V from General Motorsê Lansing Grand River plant.

–Are you all liking your taste of Michigan weather?” Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) queried the press from the outdoor, snowy podium. Dingell, who succeeded her husband in Congress, John Dingell, the long time auto industry advocate representing Detroit, continued in a more serious vein when she said the auto industry –remains strong” and is the –backbone” of the American economy. –Seven million jobs are impacted by this industry,” Dingell said.

Dingell was followed by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who echoed the theme on a lighter note: –You know how strong the auto industry is when it can bring together a Democrat from Michigan and a Republican from Ohio.” Jordan, whose district includes a Honda plant in East Liberty, Ohio, also spotlighted the significance of the jobs the auto industry brings to American workers.

The two members of Congress were joined by Auto Show Chairman Kevin Reilly, Auto Alliance CEO Mitch Bainwol and Global Automakers CEO John Bozzella. Some 70 vehicles from 13 states represented the comeback of the auto industry from its 2009 collapse to todayês robust U.S. vehicle market. It also represented the reality that so many vehicles today, imports no less than Detroit Three brands, are –made across America.”

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