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In a visit to the Washington Auto Show earlier this week, President Obama sat in a number of new models and met with executives from the domestic automakers.But he completely ignored executives from the foreign companies.
According to Angela Greiling Keane of Bloomberg (via Automotive News), executives and extra cars from Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Mercedes, and others were brought to the show at the last second at the White House’s request.
Bloomberg reports that Honda brought their hydrogen fuel-cell FCX in from California, Kia was ready to show off the Optima Hybrid, and Mercedes rushed in its hydrogen F-Cell at the request of the White House. High-level executives were also flown in to answer any questions the President may have had on the cars.
The President did not look at any of those cars or meet with the executives.
President Obama did spend time with Chevrolet, Chrysler, and Ford; he took long looks at the Corvette ZR1 and the new 2013 Mustang GT500.
Understandably, the foreign automakers have been put off by this, especially after they have invested in plants in America to build cars and have provided a number of jobs to the American workforce.
This comes after a Detroit Auto Show, where Honda announced that the new Acura NSX will be built in Ohio as part of a $500 million expansion of the plant, while Toyota and Hyundai have also made large commitments to US manufacturing over the last few years.
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