Driving American Jobs represents the United States' leading auto manufacturers, parts suppliers, auto dealers, parts distributors, retailers, and vehicle service providers. We have been at the center of America’s economic recovery, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, exporting millions of cars and trucks and proving, yet again, that American workers can compete and win in the global marketplace.


In May, the Trump Administration announced the Department of Commerce would begin what’s called a Section 232 investigation on imported automobiles and motor vehicle parts, which under the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, gives the administration broad legal authority to impose tariffs on goods in the interest of national security.

While we understand the president’s focus on protecting manufacturing and other jobs and ensuring a level playing field with our international trading partners, we believe these tariffs will do the opposite. A twenty five percent tariff would have a devastating impact on the automotive and parts industry, because the industry is truly global. Many international nameplate vehicles are built in the U.S. while a number of U.S. nameplates are assembled outside our borders. And both assembly and repair parts for cars come from all over the world.

By the numbers: A 25% tariff on imported automobiles and auto parts would result in:

  • The loss of more than 700,000 jobs
  • A nearly $60 billion decline in U.S. gross domestic product
  • A rise in the price of an average vehicle by nearly $7,000
  • A decline in annual sales of as many as 2 million vehicles
  • Up to 10% increase in the cost of repairs and replacement parts

The auto industry — suppliers, manufacturers, and dealers — supports millions of American jobs. Watch our latest video to learn more about the importance of the auto industry.

American Worker Stories

The auto industry — suppliers, manufacturers, and dealers — supports millions of American jobs. Below are examples of the people and communities benefitting from an incredible manufacturing comeback.



“Before joining Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama in 2005, I was working as a waitress at a Waffle House in Montgomery, Alabama. Today, I oversee the machining processes for steel crankshafts in Hyundai engines. I take great pride in producing engine parts with no flaws because my parts are a critical component of our engines in Santa Fe Sport SUVs and Sonata and Elantra sedan.”



"My father started this business in 1989, at a time when he was one of very few African American new car dealers. Today, we employ 160 people in stable, well-paid careers. Once you’re working with us, we make sure you have opportunities to further your career. We are also blessed to give back to our community through a number of charitable groups, including the Boys and Girls clubs in all three cities where we operate. Family-owned dealerships like ours are a fundamental part of their communities and often one of the biggest employers in town. In Texas, where we’re located, our customers care deeply about buying products that are made in America. I’m proud to tell them the Passat or Atlas they’re eyeing is built in Chattanooga, Tennessee."



As a young boy, Matthew acted as an interpreter to his deaf parents. He and his father bonded over listening to music in the car, his father hearing the music in his chest with every beat of the kick drum. Now, Matthew works as an engineer at Mazda helping with the “visual noise” as well as actual noise. The boy who had to learn how to enjoy music on his own terms is teaching others how to rediscover sound quality in an era of streaming at 128 kbps. “My childhood hobbies turned into my career path and led me to where I am today at Mazda,” he said. “I couldn’t have planned it any better than that.”



“As a dealer I have to meet payroll every month, and I cannot do that if sales fall dramatically. The last thing I want to do is layoff a valued employee. Many of my employees have been with our dealership for years. They are like family. But I might have to let some people go if a massive tariff hits my inventory of parts and new cars. If prices go up because of a tariff my customers will not buy as many cars. It’s that simple.”



Tania knows a thing or two about world-class operations. As Plant Manager of the FCA US Dundee Engine Plant, she has led the plant to becoming the first U.S. facility, and only North American engine plant, to achieve silver status in World Class Manufacturing – an FCA methodology that focuses on eliminating waste, increasing productivity, and improving quality and safety. And she won’t stop until she gets the gold! “I love my plant. I love my job. I love my people. It’s a rewarding life. You’re making something. You see the results every day.”