Trade

Tesla sued in UK in fight over charging stations rollout

March 26, 2015 11:06 CET

Tesla was sued in London in a dispute over whether the company interfered with a competitor's plan to rollout electric-car chargers at UK highway rest stops. Renewable energy supplier Ecotricity claims Tesla tried to induce companies to breach agreements for exclusive charging points. Tesla countersued accused Ecotricity acting abusively in its dominant position as a supplier....
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BMW settles dispute with FTC over Mini warranties

2:03 pm U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

BMW, hoping to avoid extending a dispute with U.S. regulators, has agreed to settle a complaint that its Mini division broke the federal law governing vehicle warranties....
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Chinese auto-wire exporters may face wider EU tariff

March 11, 2015 17:10 CET

The European Union threatened to widen a tariff on automotive-industry wire from China, saying Chinese producers may have shipped "slightly modified" versions of the product to dodge the duty....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Japan automakers cut forecasts but enjoy slumping yen.

6:47 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015

Japan's earnings season wrapped up this week on what would have been a sour note in any other auto market. Yet, Japan's automakers largely laughed it off because of the slumping yen....
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Free-trade lobbying efforts rev up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015

In his State of the Union address last month, President Obama asked Congress to grant his administration wide power to negotiate free-trade deals without too much meddling from lawmakers. For the auto industry's stakeholders, it was like a boxing bell signaling the next round in a high-stakes global fight....
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Auto bosses say billions in savings at stake if EU-U.S. trade deal fails

Jan. 28, 2015 19:41 CET

The CEOs of Germany's top auto companies said Wednesday that they could save roughly 5 billion euros in annual costs if the European and U.S. governments can agree on a landmark free trade deal....
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Zetsche, other top auto chiefs to lobby for EU-U.S. trade deal

Jan. 27, 2015 21:06 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn and other captains of Germany's automotive industry have gathered in Berlin today to try to rally support for a transatlantic free trade deal that faces potential collapse....
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Dana sells Venezuelan unit amid exchange rate trouble

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

As Venezuela’s automotive industry continues to falter amid exchange rate problems, powertrain supplier Dana Holding today said that it has sold its Venezuelan unit, CA Danaven....
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Ford names new lobbyist in Europe as free trade, CO2 pressure intensifies

Jan. 23, 2015 06:01 CET

Ford of Europe has promoted veteran lobbyist Andrew McCall as its new vice president for government and community relations. McCall will have much to do as automakers lobby the EU to ease CO2 emissions targets and accelerate free-trade talks between Europe and the U.S....
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China launches pilot 'parallel imports' for foreign cars

Jan. 8, 2015 10:53 CET

China will allow selected dealers to import without the consent of foreign carmakers in a move that analysts warn could lead to a weakening of foreign automakers' control over pricing....
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In Cuba's sea of classic cars, the truly valuable are elusive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 27, 2014

American collectors who envision a wave of classic cars from Cuba coming onto the market will need to temper their expectations....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Why Russia's crash is just part of the emerging markets drill

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 23, 2014

Russia is the latest developing market to go through convulsions. But automakers invested in Russia say they’re staying. Their eyes are on the prize of long-term sales growth....
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RICHARD TRUETT

How Sprinter dodges the chicken tax

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

Daimler has devised a reasonably efficient system designed to avoid the "chicken tax." Between 66 and 74 Sprinter vans a day roll off the 17-station line five days a week in South Carolina. This after being built, then disassembled in Germany. The gyrations some automakers perform to avoid the 25 percent tariff seem wasteful and crazy....
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BMW, Mercedes gain in once-impregnable Korea

Nov. 23, 2014 06:01 CET

South Korea's car imports have leapt from 3 percent of sales a decade ago to 14 percent today as foreign brands led by Germany's BMW and Mercedes take advantage of a free trade deal to grow sales in a once-impregnable market....
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UK car production likely to miss full-year target on weak overseas demand

Nov. 20, 2014 12:09 CET

UK car production is unlikely to hit a full-year goal of 1.59 million as demand from key western European markets and Russia continues to fall, the SMMT industry association said....
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Daimler, BMW cooperate on suppliers in Mexico

Nov. 18, 2014 10:17 CET

Daimler and BMW are working together to build a network of suppliers for their new factories in Mexico as both carmakers aim to take advantage of the country's tariff-free access to the U.S. market....
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BMW, others bet on Brazil but benefits trail Mexico

Oct. 30, 2014 16:18 CET

BMW is among a group of carmakers investing in Brazil as a growing middle class fuels a surge in car sales, but high costs, poor infrastructure and few trade agreements mean Brazil can't compete with rival Mexico....
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Russia may allow Serbia export quota for Fiat cars

Oct. 16, 2014 18:01 CET

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said an export quota may be agreed with Russia for Fiat 500L cars built in Serbia. Exports to Russia from Serbia have high customs duties....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

EU industry director wants to boost auto trade in Asia; warns of tougher CO2 rules

Oct. 9, 2014 06:30 CET

The new European Commission that takes office next month will make several decisions affecting automakers, including potentially tougher post-2020 CO2 emissions targets, its industry and enterprise director, Carlo Pettinelli, said....
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EU, Canada to hail draft trade pact that may take effect in 2016

Sept. 25, 2014 11:59 CET

The European Union and Canada will meet on Friday to cap five years of negotiations on a free-trade accord which has resulted in a draft pact that may see a gradual phase out of some automotive levies between the two....
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EU asks WTO to rule on dispute with Russia over van exports

Sept. 15, 2014 16:15 CET

The EU wants the World Trade Organization to rule on its dispute with Russia after Moscow imposed tariffs on vans imported from Germany and Italy. The EU said Russia is illegally protecting its own producers....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Heated debate over transfer pricing

Sept. 1, 2014 06:15 CET

A key challenge facing companies in India is litigation over transfer pricing. Foreign companies are debating with the government whether business between two companies with the same parent is artificially mispriced to lower tax bills....
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Daimler settles dispute with UAW over retiree medical benefits for $480 million

6:55 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014

Daimler will pay $480 million to settle a dispute with the UAW over medical benefits for retired employees of its North American trucks business, U.S. court records show....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Why Korea could be next to crack down on foreign brand pricing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014

Could China's crackdown on perceived price gouging by foreign automakers trigger a domino effect next door in South Korea, where sale of overseas brands are heating up?...
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Why Korea could be next to crack down on foreign brand pricing

8:55 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014

Could China's crackdown on perceived price gouging by foreign automakers trigger a domino effect next door in South Korea, where sale of overseas brands are heating up?...
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