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Windy City Chicago Welcomes OICA—and Vice Versa

Last November the Organisation Internationale Des Constructeurs D'Automobiles (OICA) approved the prestigious international certification of three United States auto shows in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.

Founded in Paris in 1919, OICA is the official auto industry representative at the United Nations. It is governed by the General Assembly, and all operations and activities are directed by the Council.

The organization is comprised of 42 national trade associations, including all major automobile manufacturing countries.  The organization's Exhibition Committee is in charge of coordinating international motor shows.  This committee includes Chairman Kunibert Schmidt of Germany and Secretary General and Technical Director Yves van der Straaten.

The organization also has various othercommittees pertaining to the fields of technical affairs, industrial and economic policy and industry statistics.

The primary purpose of the OICA is to bring together national automobile associations in order to network, share information, establish policies and, in general, defend the interests of all vehicle manufacturers, assemblers and importers in each national federation.

"We're gratified that the nation's largest auto show has been rewarded with an OICA sanction," said Jerry Cizek, general manager of the Chicago Auto Show, "Our latest expansion combined with Chicago's status as a world-class city makes it a worthy addition to the OICA calendar of international shows."

All major automobile manufacturing countries are members of OICA. Besides the United States, full members of OICA include: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Uzbekistan.

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