WASHINGTON — Trade groups representing U.S.-based vehicle makers, parts suppliers and dealers have formed a coalition to lobby for the preservation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which it said has "played a key role in the growth and vitality of the U.S. auto industry."
Members of the coalition do not believe it is right to change the game in the middle of a comeback, according to a statement from the Driving American Jobs coalition, which comprises members of the American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC), American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA), Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM), Association of Global Automakers (AGM) and Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA).
The coalition is cautioning that a "diminished NAFTA endangers the success and competitiveness of our industry, reverses our manufacturing comeback, and places many jobs in the auto sector at risk."
"American auto makers are driving the revival of American manufacturing," said Matt Blunt, former governor of Missouri and president of the AAPC.
"When you examine the data, there's no question that NAFTA has helped advance the global competitiveness of the U.S. auto industry sector. Now we have an opportunity to strengthen North America as a manufacturing powerhouse with a modern NAFTA that maintains the features that are working and makes improvements to benefit American workers and jobs.