March 16, 1944

WPB Refutes Auto Dealers’ Report
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The War Production Board (WPB) yesterday categorically refuted a statement by Ray Chamberlain, executive vice president of the National Automobile Dealers Association, that stated limited production of passenger vehicles would begin in September of this year. The WPB stated, “There are no such programs or plans. The production of passenger cars will not be in sight for a long time.” The regional WPB office in Detroit announced yesterday that an automobile advisory committee has been formed to explore issues that would be faced by the eventual resumption of vehicle production, but the action is not an indication production will resume in the near future. George T. Christopher, president of Packard Motor Car Company, warned limited production would mean “expensive production” and without sufficient volume vehicles may be too expensive to sell.

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