Global Automakers – FSA Amicus

29 November 2019. Amici are nonprofit trade associations that promote a responsible, open, and competitive automotive marketplace in the United States. They advocate for public policies that improve vehicle safety, encourage innovation, and promote responsible environmental stewardship.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers represents twelve automakers accounting for seventy percent of all car and light truck sales in the United States. Its members are the BMW Group, FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz USA, Mitsubishi Motors, Porsche Cars N.A., Toyota, Volkswagen Group of America, and Volvo Car USA.

The Association of Global Automakers represents the U.S. manufacturing and distribution subsidiaries of thirteen international motor vehicle manufacturers. Its members are American Honda Motor Co., Inc.; Aston Martin Lagonda of North America, Inc.; Ferrari North America, Inc.; Hyundai Motor America, Inc.; Isuzu Motors America,Inc.; Kia Motors America, Inc.; Maserati North America, Inc.; McLaren Automotive, Ltd.; Nissan North America, Inc.; Subaru of America, Inc.; Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.; and Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

Amici and their members have a strong interest in this case for two key reasons. First, although the FTC’s action focuses on Qualcomm’s behavior toward cellphone manufacturers, automakers are subject to similar harm. Because some technology incorporated into today’s automobiles involves connecting to mobile communications networks, automakers purchase components that include modem chips, and therefore— like cellphone manufacturers—are subject to Qualcomm’s licensing policies.


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