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About AMA - MVMA Specifications Sheets

Automobile Manufacturers Association (AMA) - Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association (MVMA)

The Automobile Manufacturers Association was a trade group of the major automobile manufacturers which operated under various names in the United States from 1911 to 1999.

In 1911 the Automobile Board of Trade was formed, and in 1913, this became the National Automobile Chamber of Commerce. In 1934, this group renamed itself to the Automobile Manufacturers Association. In 1939, it moved its headquarters from New York City to Detroit, where most manufacturers were based.

During the early stages of World War II, the association played a role in adapting American automotive manufacturing capabilities towards arms production efforts, especially regarding large aircraft engines. Some 654 manufacturing companies joined, and produced nearly $29 billion in output for the Allied military forces.

Following the horrible crash in 1955 at Le Mans disaster and the 1957 NASCAR Mercury Meteor crash into the grandstands, the Automobile Manufacturers Association placed a ban on factory-supported racing. The ban began to ebb in 1962 when Henry Ford II announced that the Ford Motor Company would again begin participating openly in racing.

In August 1972, the group changed its name to the Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association, to reflect the growing importance of truck makers. In 1986 the association ruled that foreign transplants had to manufacture half their American sales within the country in order to join. In . By 1992, Toyota and Nissan were able to meet the membership mark and qualify to join.

In late 1992, the group changed its name to the American Automobile Manufacturers Association, and moved their headquarters from Detroit to Washington, D.C., in order to have a stronger governmental presence.

The DaimlerChrysler merger of 1998 meant there were only two American-only manufacturers, too few for an organization. Thus the Association closed in January 1999.

Part of the requirement of membership was that the manufacturers were to submit a fact sheet called "AMA Specifications" on each make and model car. These sheets are 10 - 30+ pages in length and provide almost every significant specification on the model. They were completed by the engineering departments first-hand and the manufacturers were required to update these during the year if changes were made.

These AMA spec sheets can be found in this Factory Publications Specifications Section. All are in PDF format and can be downloaded.

 

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