Official: Sorry for promoting Japanese cars

first_img“I deeply regret that our newsletter offended anyone, especially those Americans working in the automobile industry and the millions of people who make American automobile manufacturers successful,” said Joe Ellis, the Health and Human Services Department’s assistant secretary for administration and management. Some domestic automakers and Michigan’s 15 House members have complained about an Aug. 17 e-mail sent by the agency to its 67,000 employees asking them to consider a list of a dozen green cars – none built by Detroit-based companies. Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., said the apology was accepted. “I think they got the message at HHS. They clearly admitted they were wrong,” he said. The list from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy did not include any vehicles from General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. or Chrysler LLC. All the cars were made by Japanese or South Korean automakers. Ellis said in a statement that the “newsletter highlighted vehicles not made by American manufacturers, thereby giving the impression that HHS was encouraging employees to buy foreign makes of cars.” “Nothing could be further from our intent.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! E-MAIL: U.S. makers weren’t on list sent to government workers. By Ken Thomas THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – A Bush administration official apologized Thursday for a newsletter sent to thousands of government employees that encouraged them to consider fuel-efficient vehicles built by Japanese automakers. last_img read more