Trade

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: The president should have said 'Mexico'

11:23 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2015

Is China really the competitive threat that will spur Congress to sign off on the proposed new free-trade pact with Japan and other Asian nations?...
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Japan, U.S. seek deals on auto parts, rice to secure trade pact

1:19 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

Japanese and U.S. negotiators will seek to resolve the most contentious issues on auto parts and rice to help the two countries reach a trade pact, Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari said....
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U.S. bill would streamline passage of 2 key trade deals

10:00 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

US lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill to move trade deals quickly through Congress, opening the door to sealing a major Pacific trade pact with major implications for the auto industry....
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Nuclear deal may unleash big, pent-up Iran market

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

The prospective nuclear agreement among Iran, the U.S. and four other nations could have major ramifications for the auto industry by opening up a new and significant emerging market....
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BMW, Mercedes probe unauthorized exports from U.S. to China

April 7, 2015 11:29 CET

Mercedes and BMW are probing unauthorized exports of vehicles from the U.S. to China, which have recently surged and threaten profit in the world's largest auto market. So-called gray imports to China have jumped since the country allowed dealers in Shanghai's free trade zone to import cars without the consent of foreign carmakers....
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Honda will make UK plant global production hub for the Civic, move CR-V output to Canada

March 31, 2015 10:30 CET

Honda will upgrade its UK factory to turn it into a global production hub for the next-generation Civic compact car. The automaker will also transfer production of its European-market CR-V crossover from the UK to Canada....
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U.S., Japan have 'significant gaps' on auto market access, trade official says

11:25 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Acting Deputy US Trade Representative Wendy Cutler said on Monday that "significant gaps" in the trade negotiations remain between the United States and Japan regarding access for US automobiles in the Japanese market....
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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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